About the Transplant Games of America
Every two years the Transplant Games of America gathers together thousands of transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, individuals on the waiting list, caregivers, transplant professionals, supporters and spectators for the world’s largest celebration of life. During this truly unique and inspiring week, 44 state teams and several international teams (i.e. Brazil, Australia, India), made up of transplant recipients and living donors, compete in twenty athletic and recreational competitions. In addition to these medaling events, there are over sixty special events held throughout the Games meant for all attendees to enjoy. These events not only serve as an opportunity for donor families, recipients, living donors and professionals to engage with one another and share stories, but it celebrates donors who gave the selfless gift of life. At the Transplant Games, recipients are given the chance to show the world that having a transplant is a second chance at a full, productive, and inspiring life as well as display to their donor families what their gift means to them.
Produced by the Transplant Life Foundation, the Transplant Games honor the lasting legacy of donors who gave the ultimate gift of life, highlight the need for and importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, celebrate the success of transplantation, and increase the national and state registry numbers. Join the transplant community for a unique event that provides a platform of change that will affect participants for years to come.
Transplant Games of America Mission Statement:
To increase awareness of the life-restoring importance of organ, cornea, bone marrow, and tissue donation through the lives of the athlete-recipients and the lasting legacy of their donors.
To involve the entire transplant community - recipients, living donors, donor families, individuals awaiting transplantation, caregivers, medical professionals, recovery agencies, transplant centers, and other related organizations - in a shared mission to highlight the benefits of donation.
To increase the number of potential donors, state-by-state and on the National Donate Life Registry, by supporting existing campaigns and harnessing the energy and drive of the transplant community through the Transplant Games, partnerships, marketing, and related communications.
2020 Donate Life Transplant Games “Honor the Journey…. Coast to Coast”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transplant Life Foundation has reformatted the 2020 Transplant Games to take place in hometowns all across the country. This hybrid approach to this year’s Games will ensure the safety of our participants while creating a broader reach to spread awareness and reinforce our mission of saving lives through donation and transplantation. With a combination of previously produced and virtual programming, “Honor the Journey...Coast to Coast” will bring the transplant community together to celebrate the miracle of transplantation. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind event and how you can be a part of it, check out the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games section of our website.
2022 Donate Life Transplant Games- San Diego
Described as the birthplace of California, the city of San Diego has been selected to host the 2022 Donate Life Transplant Games July 29-August 3, 2022. The successful bid was led by San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The Transplant Life Foundation is excited to take the Games to the West Coast, and to bring our amazing celebration of life to the San Diego community! Check out the 2022 Donate Life Transplant Games section of our website to learn more!