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March 30, 2020 - Please see the below important message from Transplant Life Foundation regarding the postponement of the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games scheduled for July 17-22.
 
Although we are saddened by this, the health and well-being of all those in the donation and transplant community is our highest priority and NJ Sharing Network and the Local Organizing Committee fully support this decision. We look forward to announcing new dates for the Games, which will be held here in New Jersey, as soon as they are finalized. Thank you.
 
Transplant Games Announcement:
 
The past couple of weeks have brought uncertainty and great concern. The COVID-19 virus has tremendously altered our nation, relationships and lives. Please know that you are an important part of our family and have been in our thoughts during these trying times.

Our community includes recipients, donor families, living donors, caregivers, donation and transplant professionals and many others. Each day, the Transplant Life Foundation works to further our mission of serving the donation and transplant community with educational materials, programs, and events that enhance and improve lives.

The Transplant Games is the cornerstone activity of our mission and one that allows us to come together to demonstrate the amazing gift of life, the miracle of transplantation, and to focus the nation on the need for more organs. Our entire transplant family, working together, gives hope and encouragement and saves lives. We are so much more than an athletic competition.
 
Since the spread of the virus, we have closely followed the experts as they have reviewed data on patients, and the progression of the disease. Despite some positive news on increased testing and possible existing drug therapies, there is a growing concern that conducting our event in July would not be in the best interest of our community.
 
Our number one priority is your health and well-being, and with that objective in mind, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Transplant Games scheduled for July 17-22, 2020. This was a heart-breaking decision for our team, but we can promise you that once the COVID-19 health crisis subsides, we will announce a new set of dates for the New Jersey Games. Rescheduling is a massive undertaking and we will collaborate closely with our incredible partners and sponsors and are committed to bringing you the biggest and best Games ever.

We understand that many of you will have questions, and our intent is to get you the answers that you need. However, we ask that you please be patient as we work through the enormous number of details while under government restrictions.
 
Bill Ryan
 

The 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games will be like none other, with 12,000-15,000 people expected to attend this biennial multi-sport festival recognizing the success of donation and transplantation and honoring the generosity of donors and their families.

 

The Meadowlands, Newark, Union County and surrounding areas are the perfect venue to highlight the best of what New Jersey has to offer. The 2020 Games will be held right in the middle of one of the busiest intersections in the country – at the new and exciting American Dream.  We've also secured New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Prudential Center to host the Donor Family Tribute Ceremonies and Opening Ceremonies — all of which will show what makes the Garden State so special.

Lead partners include Novartis, Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJBarnabas Health, American Dream and Meadowlands Live! Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Get Involved

The Games are supported by local and national sponsors, whose contributions make events possible for donors, recipients, and families.

Be the first to find out when volunteer registration becomes available. Part of a large group? Fill out our Volunteer Group Commitment Form.

The Games offer a wide variety of events at different competitive levels and age groups. Join our local host team, Team Liberty!

 


Get in the Know

See what's in store for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games! Check out our toolkit for event details including schedule and venue information, competitor stories and social media graphics. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news regarding the Games and other exciting news from NJ Sharing Network!

 

   

 
Questions? Contact us at transplantgames@njsharingnetwork.org.