BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The World Games 2022 will be partnering with Microsoft to promote Alabama’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as its Historically Black Community Colleges.

The announcement by the World Games and the tech company was officially be made at Miles College Thursday morning.

Officials from both organizations as well as Miles College President Bobbie Knight were in attendance.

“This partnership is exactly the type of opportunity that we seek for our students,” said Miles College President Bobbie Knight. “We focus a great deal on developing sustainable relationships with our community and with corporate partners to enhance the student experience and to provide first-class practical experiences so our students are prepared to competitively join the workforce after they graduate. This program aligns perfectly with that.”

The partnership will offer a series of “virtual events” for students, a Minecraft challenge that will allow students to explore game development as well as a scholarship fund.

The World Games 2022 will take over Birmingham from July 7-17.