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The games are a multi-sport festival event to help promote the need for Organ, Eye, and 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.

Some organ donation statistics and proof of why our job isn't finished **

National Statistics

United States residents waiting for organs
Kidney 96,483
Liver 14,245
Heart 3.992
Lung  1,371
Kidney/Pancreas  1,694
Pancreas 919
Intestine 274
Heart/Lung 46
TOTAL 116,425

Source: United Network for Organ Sharing - Facts and Figures 
Based on OPTN data as of October 23, 2017)
Totals may be less than the sums due to patients included in multiple categories.

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

Registration for the 2018 Games will open around January/February 2018. Once it opens we will provide a link on our website. We will provide step by step guidelines for first time users, but the process is fairly simple and straight forward.

The 2018 Transplant Games of America will be held August 2-7, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tentative medaling events include:

  • 5K Run/Walk (open to the public)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole (Bean Bag Toss)
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Golf
  • Lyrics for Life
  • Pickleball
  • Poker (Texas Hold'em)
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Trivia
  • Virtual Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Youth Olympiad
Tentative special events include:
  • Closing Ceremony & Farewell Reception
  • Coffee House
  • Donor-Recipient Bowling
  • Donor Tribute Ceremony
  • Live! From the TGA
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Rock Climbing
  • TGA Village
  • Quarter Century Club Dinner
  • Quilt Pinning Ceremony
  • Welcome Reception
  • Workshops & Seminars

The 2018 Transplant Games of America will be held August 2-7, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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 Division One or Division Two requirements:

Division One Requirements: Have received a life-altering solid organ transplant (regardless if you are taking anti-rejection meds)
Division Two Requirements: You are a Living Donor, Tissue, Cornea, or Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient.

Other Requirements: 

  • Transplant has occurred at least 9 months prior to the start of the Games.
  • You are in healthy condition.
  • Your doctor has signed a medical waiver allowing you to participate.
  • You have signed a waiver stating that you meet all the above 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 eligible 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!

Individuals are allowed to sign up for the team in their state of residence, or the state 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:

  • To incorporate the American flag symbol for the states
  • The three stars symbolize: the Donor, the Recipient, and the Families of both
  • There is an old Eskimo saying about stars in regards to people who have passed on... “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
  • You will also see symbolic references to shining and radiating light which stars do. Donors do this too. The ripple effect of their gift at death continues to shine through their recipients.  
Mika says, "I’ll never forget my daughter’s transplant GI doctor looking at her during a checkup and saying 'She’s a Star'”

You can find it under the Teams Tab and then click on Team Fundraising. Or click here.


Yes, typically mixed doubles competitions will begin as soon as regular doubles are finished.

**Division 1 and Division 2 athletes can only play with other athletes in their same division and same team for regular doubles.
**Mixed doubles is where a MALE and FEMALE from the same team and same division are partnered together. (This needs to be clear to all participants.)
*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.

Yes, please see the information below and visit the Age Division Link in the About Tab for complete information.

Age Groups

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, team relay events in track and swimming, lyrics for life, and trivia challenge 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 adult category.

1. Try using your email address as your user name when registering.
2. Make sure you have not already started an existing registration. Check your cart. 
3. If those do not work please call (616) 356-2331.

No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate individual scheduling requests to work around overlapping times.

At the 2016 Transplant Games we promised to replace the "Poster Program" with a new way to memorialize and give tribute to those who gave the gift of life.  We are excited to announce the new TGA Reflection Room where you can permanently honor your loved ones on the TGA website. 

The instructions to upload your tribute are simple to follow.  If you have any questions, please contact: Josh Sweedyk at,