Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Transplant Games?

The games are a multi-sport event bringing awareness to the importance of life-saving Organ, Eye and Tissue donation.  More than 1,500 organ, eye and tissue recipients, along with living donors, will compete in an extraordinary showcase of athletic talent to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and recognize donor families who generously donated organs, eyes and tissues of their loved ones so others may live.

How Can the Transplant Games of America help donor families? 

This is an opportunity for donor families to meet other donor families and transplant recipients. It offers the opportunity to share their stories among those who understand. There are workshops for grief support and remembrance ceremonies to honor their loved ones. Many donor families are moved by the experience and return year after year. The Games celebrate the legacy of both living and deceased donors.

Who can be an athlete at the Games?

Any organ, tissue or cornea transplant recipient age 2 - 80+ who is a minimum of nine months post transplant may attend. Bone marrow recipients & living donors may also participate.


What are the sporting events?

5K Run/Walk (open to public) Badminton Ballroom Dancing        
Basketball Bowling Cornhole (Bean Bag Toss)
Cycling Darts Golf
Lyrics for Life Pickleball Racquetball
Swimming Table Tennis Tennis    
Texas "Hold-em Poker" Track & Field Trivia Challenge
Virtual Triathlon Volleyball Youth Olympiad     

What other events occur at the TGA?

• Opening & Closing Ceremonies

• Athletic Events ● 5K run/walk • Donor Recognition Ceremonies • Games Expo ● Social Events


Do I have to be athletic to attend?

No! Recipients of all ages and athletic skills are encouraged to participate. You can select your sport depending on your fitness level and ability. This is about celebrating life and honoring your donor. (Please note: a medical waiver must be signed by your doctor to participate.)

How much will it cost?

In addition to a $75 - $200 team contribution, the estimated cost of attending is approximately $1500- $2000 per person (plane & hotel costs) so fundraising and sponsorship is highly encouraged. The team works together to fundraise enough to provide partial scholarships to athlete recipients & donor families so they can attend without financial hardship.
You can pay your Team NorCal fee HERE

Team Hotel information:

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
215 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Group Rate: $164/night (Rates do not include 12.6% hotel tax, subject to change without notice)
Discounted rate available until June 4, 2018

To Book Online:

Please select “I HAVE AN ACCESS CODE” from the drop down menu.

    Access Code: TMNOC818

Enter the code where indicated and continue through until you receive an acknowledgement number.

How Can I get More Involved?

If you would like to join our sub-committees: fundraising, recruitment, publicity, hospitality, administrative tasks or athletic team leadership, please contact the team manager or any steering committee member. Your input and volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated and needed!


To Register for Team NorCal, visit the Registration page to submit your forms

Beverly Mayer




Mail to: Donor Network West, ATTN: Beverly Mayer, 12667 Alcosta Blvd, Suite 500, San Ramon, CA 94583

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*Make sure to include "Team NorCal" in the Special Requests Section