Transplant Games of America
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Host Venue: Grand Valley State University Recreation Center.
1 Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49501
Events: 5K run, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, racquetball and volleyball.
On July 28-31, 2012 recipients of lifesaving solid organ and bone marrow transplants, living donors and donor families will gather in West Michigan to compete in this emotionally powerful multi-sport festival. The purpose of the Transplant Games of America is to spread the message about the importance of organ donation, the second chance of life and proving that transplantation does work. Recipients of every type of lifesaving organ transplant—including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow—compete for gold, silver and bronze medals as they celebrate their second chance at life and show the world the power of organ donation.
The 2012 Transplant Games of America will begin with an opening ceremony – end with a closing ceremony and include the following sporting events: 5K run, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, racquetball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In addition to drawing in transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families from across the country will also be present to support the athletes and honor the donors at the Donor Recognition Ceremonies. In 2010, a similar event was hosted in Madison, WI and featured 1,344 athletes, 776 donor families and 239 living donors.
Who can be an athlete at the Games?
Any organ or bone marrow transplant recipient or living donor who is at least six months out from transplantation or donation may participate.
How can the Games help donor families?
This is an opportunity for donor families to meet other donor families and transplant recipients. Everyone has a story and this is an opportunity to tell yours and hear those of others. There is not a better place to come together to honor and celebrate those who have given the gift of life and make the miracle of organ donation possible.