Team Ohio Transplant Athletics is made of transplant recipients and families, living donors, families of a donor, as well as transplant professionals and advocates.  Members live throughout the state and other areas.  Many are active members in their respective communities, promoting organ and tissue donation, as well as providing educational events dispelling some of the myths associated with donation. Since 1990, athletes and donor families have been gathering every two years to showcase through athletic completion, the many miracles of organ transplantation. Team Ohio along with other teams across America prove that organ donation works.  Team Ohio is comprised of transplant recipients of all ages, living donors, and donor families.  Team Ohio Transplant Athletics (TOTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit athletic organization, registered with the State of Ohio. The primary objective of TOTA is to raise funds to offset expenses so transplanted athletes can participate in the Transplant Games. TOTA formerly known as TAFI (Transplants Athletics Foundation Inc.), was founded by Nick Carson


Our Mission

To promote organ, eye and tissue donation by celebrating the success of transplantation and honoring donors and their families who provided the gift of life and sight.   Team Ohio accomplishes this through participation in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America and other events that raise awareness about donation and promote enrollment on the Ohio Donor Registry.    

Competing in the Transplant Games made me feel like I belonged to a group of people who truly understood what we had all been through and how it feels to have a second chance.”
— Joe Grigsby, Double Lung Recipient, Cincinnati