The games are a multi-sport festival event to help promote the need for Organ & Tissue donation. The purpose is to show the world that transplantation is a treatment that does indeed work.
The games started as a way to get the word out about the important need for organ and tissue donation and that is our goal today. Over the years it has grown into an event that brought transplant and donor families together. As a Donor Family you may not meet the person that has your loved ones organ, but you get a chance to see how your donation has changed someone else life. As a transplant recipient you get to show the world that having a transplant is a second chance at life.
Source: United Network for Organ Sharing - Facts and Figures
(Based on OPTN data as of July 15, 2016)
The Transplant Games of America is the producer of the Donate Life Transplant Games.
For more information please contact:
Transplant Games of America (616) 356-2331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 Transplant Games of America is still in the planning process. Date is TBD.
Tentative medaling events include:
The 2018 Transplant Games of America is still in the planning process. Location is TBD.
Anyone can participate in the games REGARDLESS of where you live. This means international participants can participate if they wish. If you are both a transplant recipient and team leader you are welcome to participate as well! To participate as an athlete you must meet the following* requirements:
Note: Both living donors and donor families can participate! Check the FAQ "Are living donors and donor families welcome at TGA?"
*Participation terms subject to change.
Yes, absolutely! Living donors will be eligible to compete in all individual sports offered (check each sport page for further clarification). Also, a special recognition of donor families will take place as part of our special event programming! More information will be available shortly.
Individuals should sign up for the team in their state/region of residence, not the state/region where they received their transplant. Some exceptions will need to be made on an individual case basis. Please see our Teams page for the most current contact information.
According to our logo designer, Mika Denny at MikaWorks Promo Design
The star themed logo was used for a variety of reasons:
You can find it under the Teams Tab and then click on Team Fundraising. Or click here.
Yes, typically mixed doubles will begin as soon as regular doubles finishes.
*NOTE: Athletes are responsible of finding their own partner for double's competitions.
Athletes can participate in up to 5 individual sports, not including the team sports (basketball and volleyball). Athletes can participate in as many events within an individual sport as they want. For example, an athlete can sign up for the sport Swimming and the events 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Those are all events within the sport swimming. This athlete would still have four other individual sports to choose from.
Athletes will compete by gender in the following age groups: 14-17, 18–29,
30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, and 70+. Children under 14 years of age will
compete in designated children’s events in the following age groups: 5 and
under, 6-10, and 11-13. Age on the day of the Opening Ceremony will apply.
Volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, relay events in track and swimming, trivia challenge, and the mixed
doubles events will be one open age category—i.e., no age classifications. All
other events are age categorized. In doubles events that are age-categorized, if
the members of a pair are in different age groups, the pair will be classified in the
younger age group. If one of the players is under 18, the pair will play in the
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