Team Georgia Competes
We participate in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America presented by the Transplant Life Foundation, Inc.
This is a celebration of life showing the world we can live health in the world of transplantation/donation.
Check out the website to get excited: www.transplantgamesofamerica.org
The TGA is a 6-day event where recipient athletes and living donor athletes from all the states come together for an Olympic style event.
Sporting events include:
- Track & Field
- Table Tennis
- 5K Run
- Youth Olympiad
- Corn Hole
- Ballroom Dancing
- Texas Hold’em
- Lyrics For Life
- Virtual Triathlon
The events are in two divisions:
Division 1 – Solid Organ Transplants
Division 2 – Cornea, Tissue, Bone Marrow Recipients and Living Donors.
This year, donor families will be able to compete in a few of the events.
Even though medals are awarded, the cheers are the loudest for the person finishing last.
There are workshops on grieving, sharing transplant/donation experiences, living healthy, writing donor thank you letter, donor quilt piecing and more.
Other events include donor remembrance service, welcome reception, opening ceremony, farewell party, and more. We will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most transplant recipients in one place at one time.
With over 3500 athletes and 5000 supporters, donor families, and transplant professionals in 2018, the Transplant Games of America is one of the largest events in the transplant community.
To prepare for the games, team members train as individuals and in groups. That is depending on their chosen event(s) Most members work hard to get in the best physical shape for competition and to represent our state and to honor our donors and their families.
During the games, we will also share our stories with those we meet, trade team pins, talk to media, attend other gatherings planned by the organizing committee and promote donation awareness from the time we prepare to leave Georgia until we return home.
Cost is about $2500 per person including registration, travel, hotel, and food.
(Additional person sharing room helps individual costs).
Each person is responsible for his/her expenses, so we encourage lots of fund raising and sponsorships as individuals and as a team