Houston Wins World Transplant Games Bid
In late June, it was announced that after a 41-year hiatus, the World Transplant Games are coming back to the USA. The city of choice: Houston.
The World Transplant Games Federation, a worldwide organization that represents more than 60 countries and celebrates successful transplantation and the gift of life, unanimously voted Houston as a site for the 2021 Games. The international competition for those who have undergone organ transplants features more than 50 events – from cycling, to swimming, racquet sports and bowling – and is open to any recipient ages 4 to 8. The last time the competition was held in the United States was in New York, just two years after its inception. Since then, the World Transplant Games has hit every continent across the globe.
“LifeGift is thrilled that the Federation chose Houston as the site for the 2021 World Transplant Games,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift.“This international event will drive global awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation and continue to position Houston as a leader in health care and transplantation. We are looking forward to 2021 and being integrally involved in these Games.”
In 2014, the Transplant Games of Americawere held in Houston. These events are held every two years and in August will take place in Salt Lake City. The Houston Games had the largest attendance in history, including more than 800 athletes from Texas.
Watch LifeGift’s social media, upcoming newsletters and website for more information about the 2021 World Transplant Games.