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Transplant Games of America 2014 comes to Houston

Houston hosts the Transplant Games of America
Houston hosts the Transplant Games of America

Celebrating the gift of life with a fun-filled sports competition was the focus at the Transplant Games of America held in Houston for 2014.

The Transplant Games of America kicked off their weeklong events with an opening ceremony in on July 12, 2014 at the BBVA Compass Stadium. The games were held from July 11-15, 2014 in Houston.

A tribute to living donors and donor families was presented by the organization on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Wortham Center in Houston. The solemn but celebratory event honored donor families and living donors to pay tribute to those who’ve given life-saving and life-improving gifts.

Closing ceremonies are scheduled on July 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Team Cup Award winner and Outstanding Athlete Award winners will be announced.

The Transplant Games of America® is a biennial event held in the United States to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected by eye, organ, and tissue donation.

This festival-style event brings athletes, living donors, donor families, as well as members of the amazing medical community involved in transplantation together to promote awareness of the life-changing impact that donation represents today. More than 2,000 participants from across the nation are anticipated to be part of the event. A series of sporting events wll feature individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries.

The opening day ceremony included remarks from Bill Ryan, President and CEO, Transplant Games of America, Janis Burke, Executive Director, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and Dr. Robert Robins, President and CEO, Medical Center and the debut of a special 60-foot space shuttle balloon sculpture.

The sculpture’s balloons were blown up by TGA athletes, supporters and various community organizations and part of the Opening Ceremonies. Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, patrons participated in a balloon sculpture popping party at The Methodist Gate.

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