Transplant Games of America 2012
Photos by Melissa Herndon, U.S. Transplant Games, in 2010
The Transplant Games of America, in its inaugural year, will fill a gap left when the National Kidney Foundation decided to suspend its sponsorship of the popular U.S. Transplant Games, held every other year in a different U.S. city. The last games took place in Madison, Wis., in 2010.
The new games, to be held near Grand Rapids in July, will provide the donation and transplantation community another opportunity to come together as Team Michigan; to feel a sense of community and continue showing that organ donation and transplantation works. Their new health and their ability to compete athletically is quintessential proof.
When: July 28-31
Where: Grand Valley State University's Recreation Center,
1 Campus Drive, Allendale.
Events: 5k run, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, swimming,
table tennis, tennis, track and field, racquetball and volleyball
Who can participate:
- Life-saving transplant recipients
- Transplant has occurred at least six months before the start of games
- You are healthy
- Your doctor has signed a medical waiver allowing you to participate
- You have signed a form stating that you meet the above requirements