Registration has opened for the 2018 Transplant Games! The Games will be held Aug 2–7 in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. We hope you will join our North Carolina team as we compete in Olympic-style sports competitions for medals and for fun; celebrate second chances at life; and honor both living and deceased donors and their family members.
These five days will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience packed with sharing and fun. Join us and register now!
2018 Competitor Registration Costs
||12/14/2017 – 03/02/2018
||11:59 p.m. EST
||03/03/2018 – 06/22/2018
||11:59 p.m. EST
||06/23/2018 – 07/13/2018
||11:59 p.m. EST
Register now to get the early bird discount. See the TGA website for non-competitor costs.
Other Things to Keep in Mind While Registering
- You will be able to edit your participation events even after you have registered for the Games.
- If you are traveling with a partner or family members who will be attending Game events, you must also register as a “Supporter.” The cost is $30.
- If you are new to the Games or just would like to hear some basics, consider signing up for one of the two “New Family Orientation” sessions put on by TGA. (Aug. 2, 6:00–7:00pm; Aug. 3 11:00am–12:00pm)
- The Opening Ceremony for the Games is Aug 3 from 7:00-9:00pm. This is a chance for team participants to come together at the start of the Games and walk into the stadium as a group. Event is free for supporters to attend but they must have a ticket.
- The “Dash for Donation” 5K and 1K walk/run event will be held Saturday, Aug 4 at 8:00am. This is another chance for Team NC to gather to start the race together. This event is open to the public and all of your friends and family are welcome to participate. The 5K costs $30 for each participant, team member or supporter.
- Saturday and Sunday evenings (7:30–11:00pm) are for the team basketball competitions. If you’re not participating in this or doing something else at that time, please come cheer on other folks!
- Similarly, team volleyball competition will be Monday evening (7:30–11:00pm). Spectators welcome.
- The Closing Ceremony will be Aug 7 from 6:00–9:00pm). Team participants and supporters are encouraged to attend. And don’t miss the 2020 Donate Life Games Preview with a look at the location of the next Games.
- The Quarter Century Club Dinner (tickets $40.00/person) is an event for all Transplant Games participants. Come celebrate and honor members of the “Quarter Century Club” who have a 25-plus year history of transplantation. Participants can expect an exquisite night that includes dinner, dancing, and special moments with long-time transplant friends. Everyone is welcome!
- Strongly consider attending the Donor Tribute event Aug 4 from 5:00–6:30pm. Pictures of those who’ve sacrificed to give others life will be shows as well as other tribute songs and performances.
- “Coffee House” and “Coffee in the Afternoon” (Aug 4, 8:00–10:00pm and Aug 5, 1:00–3:00pm) are times for recipients, living donors, caregivers and donor families to share stories of their personal journeys one-on-one in a casual atmosphere.
- Donor/Recipient Bowling (Aug 3, 12:00–3:00pm) — if getting some one-on-one time with a donor or recipient from your team interests you, check out the Donor/Recipient bowling event.
After you’ve competed your sporting event registration, don’t forget to sign up for some of the great workshops and extras offered at the Games. Complete list of workshops.
- There is a long history of commemoration quilts for lost loved ones during the Transplant Games. If this interests you, we encourage you to make a square or to attend the Quilt Pinning Ceremony (Aug 5, 3:00–5:00p), where you will be invited to share a bit about your loved one. For those folks who may not know how to construct a square themselves, consider attending one of the “Making a Quilt Square Using a Computer” workshops offered (Aug 4 and 5, 9:00–11:00am)
- Browse other workshops covering grief, healthy living and eating after transplant, finding purpose, resilience, telling your story to encourage others to become organ donors, plus a session on social security disability benefits, a session for veterans and more.
- Don’t forget to check out “From Dialysis to Down Dog (Aug 6, 10:00–11:00am),” a yoga workshop led by Team NC’s own Phelisha Price!
Health and happiness,
Laura P Smith, Team Co-Manager
Double Lung Recipient, 2014