Team USA

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Team USA is again representing the United States in the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain from June 25 to July 2, 2017.

The World Transplant Games is an eight-day and seven-night athletic competition held every two years under the auspices of the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF). For over 35 years the WTGF has been staging international sporting events for transplant athletes in order to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation. Competition is open to anyone who has received a lifesaving solid organ transplant--heart, intestine, liver, kidney, lung, pancreas, or allogenic bone marrow recipients. This year for the first time, living donors and donor families will be competing in certain events.

Each athlete’s participation in the World Transplant Games helps dispel the myths surrounding organ transplantation and demonstrates the success of this life-saving therapy. It also calls attention to the critical need for more donors—there are more than 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. and an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

The 21st World Transplant Games will take place from June 25th-July 2nd in Malaga, Spain. The WTGF anticipates more than 1200 athletes representing some 65 countries will compete in a wide range of athletic events and meet with other transplant recipients in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. Team USA has been participating in the World Transplant Games since their inception in 1978 in England.

TRANSPLANT ATHLETE INFORMATION FORM

Transplant athletes please complete this form--instructions for completing can be found on the form.

Download the Transplant Athlete Information form below.

TRAVEL INSURANCE PROVIDER INFORMATION

Download the Travel Insurance Provider Information below.

TRAVEL AND INFORMATION FORM

Must be completed by each team member—athlete, supporter, etc.  Instructions for completing can be found on the form.

Download the Travel and Information form below.

MEDICAL WAIVERS FOR ALL ATHLETES

Medical waivers must be completed for all competitors and received by Team USA no later than April 9, not the April 16 deadline stated on the medical forms.  This is so that we can be sure that the forms are received by the Games Medical Commission by the April 16 deadline.

The forms and information on completing them are here:  http://wtgmalaga2017.com/en/medical/

There are THREE forms that need to be completed, please send them all together, not one at a time.  Things get lost when they arrive separately.  The best way is to scan them and send them teamusa.worldgames@gmail.com, or they can be faxed to 813-636-8122 or they can be sent by postal mail to:

:

Team USA

c/o AAKP

14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

Tampa, FL  33613

Please take care of this now--sometimes a doctors appointment is required and these can take weeks.  If you do not have medical clearance to compete in your chosen sports, you will not be allowed to compete.

REGISTRATION CHANGE GUIDE

Your registration information should be updated as it changes—air reservations, sport changes, etc.  This guide will assist you in accessing the registration system to make changes. Download the Registration Change Guide below.

PROPOSED APPAREL FOR TEAM USA 2017

A concept of the apparel for Team USA for the Malaga Games.  Ordering information will be available shortly. View the proposed apparel below.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration is now open for the 2017 World Transplant Games. The registration system will allow you to return and change information as often as you like (or cancel your registration) up to the registration deadline in April. It is suggested that you register now and then add missing information later or cancel if it becomes necessary. Please note – if you register for the Early Bird Registration, your registration fee will be due before the February 10 deadline.  Information to aid you in registering can be found in this document below.

FUNDRAISING INFORMATION

Fund Raising Resources

A letter of introduction for use by team members has been prepared.  This letter describes the World Transplant Games and provides contact information in the event that any potential supporter has questions or desires further information.  You can download your copy of this letter here:

Team USA Fact Sheet

A team information sheet has also been prepared for team members to use to seek individual and team support.  Remember that support given to an individual cannot be considered a charitable donation, however support given to the team does qualify as a charitable gift.

Download the team information sheet here:

Friend to Friend Program

Team USA participants are able to help support the activities of Team USA by asking their friends and family to consider making a tax-deductible gift to Team USA.  Although donations made to the team cannot be directed to individual participants, any team member who can raise $1,150 to support Team USA by April 15th will have his/her regular registration fee underwritten by the team.

Team USA Grant Program

The Team USA Grant Program is no longer available. Those who have been granted scholarship funds will be notified shortly. Please remember, the use of Team USA's "friend to friend" program is strongly encouraged.

Useful Information:

Website of the World Transplant Games Federation http://wtgf.org/

Website of the 2017 World Transplant Games http://worldtransplantgames.org/

2017 Games Schedule http://wtgmalaga2017.com/en/schedule/

2017 World Games Sports Rules http://wtgf.org/sports-rules/