What are the Transplant Games of America?  

The Donate Life Transplant Games 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, donor families 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. 

We are gearing up for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games in The Meadowlands, New Jersey!!!! 

When are the Transplant Games of America?

The games are held every 2 years. The next games will be August 2-7, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Who Can Participate?

Organ, Corneal, and Tissue Recipients must have been transplanted for at least nine months, with stable graft function, be medically fit and have trained for the events in which they have entered. All competitors must be medically approved by their physician to compete. Living Organ Donors are eligible to compete in all individual events in their own division along with corneal and tissue transplant recipients. International athletes are welcome to compete but will earn duplicate medals in an ‘International Division’.

How can I participate?

 You can sign up to compete with Team Ohio by filling out our new member form or you can download the form here and mail it in. 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

I have decided to go, now what?

TGA will continue to post more information about lodging, events and facilities as time gets closer to the games. 

You will need a medical release form from your physician. To review and download the form visit the TGA site.


I can’t wait to meet Team Ohio and other transplant recipient and donor families. I am excited to compete- it’s been a long hard fought battle to get here and I want to see what I can do. Go Team Ohio!
— Karen Murphy