The Transplant Games of America

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What are the Transplant Games of America?

The Donate Life Transplant Games of America is a sport festival event produced by the Transplant Games of America (TGA) for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients, corneal and tissue transplant recipients and living donors. More than an athletic event, the Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients.

FAQs About the Donate Life Transplant Games

Who can be an athlete?

Any transplant recipient who has been post-transplant for at least nine months may participate in the Games. This includes allogenic bone marrow/stem cell recipients, tissue recipients, and cornea recipients. Living Donors may compete in select events as well.

What events are held at the Games?

Badminton, Basketball, Ballroom Dancing, Bowling, Cycling, Cornhole, Darts, Golf, Racquetball, 5K race (open to the public), Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Texas Hold Em, Trivia, and Volleyball. There are seven age categories for each sport.

When are the Transplant Games of America?

The games are held every 2 years. The next games will be June 10-15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Only months away!

Who Can Participate?

Any transplant recipient who has been post-transplant for at least nine months may participate in the Games. This includes allogenic bone marrow/stem cell recipients, tissue recipients, and cornea recipients. All competitors must be medically approved by their physician to compete. Living donors may compete in select events as well. This is in addition to the 5K Race, which is open to everyone!

How can I participate?

You can sign up to compete with Team Transplant St. Louis by filling out our new member form. You will also need to register to participate in the games on the TGA website.

What can I compete in?

There are 18 events to compete in for all levels of activity. Athletes will be allowed to enter a total of four sports. However, team events (3- on-3 basketball and volleyball) do not count toward the four event limit, nor does the Donor Family Golf Outing.  For a full list of sports, an explanation of categories and set up and the age groups check out the TGA site here.

What activities are offered for Donor families at the Games?

An inspiring donor family program will pay tribute to donors and their families during the Games. Workshops and other activities will also be available for donors families. Team Transplant St. Louis has an active donor family contingent and honors our donor family liaisons.

I am a Living Donor. Can I attend the Games?

Living donors are definitely welcome at the Transplant Games! There is a separate category for living donors to compete in athletic and non-athletic events. Additionally, there will be a program to honor living donors, open to all who attend.

Do I have to be a superstar, amazing athlete?

Of course not! People of all different skill levels attend the games. The real meaning behind the Games is to show that organ transplantation works, and that people with transplants lead healthy, active lives. There are athletic and non-athletic competition events – there is something for everyone!

How much does it cost to attend the Games?

Each year, we try to estimate how much it would cost to attend the Games. Here is what we are estimating for the 2016 Games in Cleveland this June:

Airfare: ~$425 (including taxes)

Lodging for 6 nights: ~$1,050 (including taxes)

Food allowance: ~$125

Games Registration Fee: ~$150

TOTAL = ~$1,750

Team Transplant St. Louis hosts event to fundraise for the team in an effort to help team members attend the Games. By fundraising individually or for the team, you could qualify for a stipend. Here is how the stipend process works: Stipend Criteria1_11_16

How can I help support Team Transplant St. Louis?

Click HERE make a donation to Team Transplant St. Louis (and thanks, you’re awesome!). All donations to Team Transplant St. Louis are tax deductible.

How can I get more involved with Team Transplant St. Louis?

Thanks for asking! There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the team! First, click HERE to join our newsletter (we promise we won’t over email you – if we do, let us know) so we can keep you up to date on events and goings ons for the team. You can also follow the team on Facebook HERE. We are looking for all kinds of support: athletes, living donors, donor families, sponsors, volunteers to help spread the organ donation awareness and team cheerleaders!

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