About Team Iowa 

Team Iowa cel­e­brates the gifts of organ, eye and tis­sue dona­tion and encour­ages oth­ers to reg­is­ter as a donor. By com­pet­ing in the Donate Life Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca we hon­or our donors, our donor fam­i­lies and cel­e­brate life. The team con­sists of ath­letes and sup­port mem­bers who par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous events at the Donate Life Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca. Our ath­letes have received an organ, bone mar­row, tis­sue or corneal trans­plant or are a liv­ing donor. We are always thrilled to wel­come new team mem­bers and would love to have more peo­ple join the team for the next Trans­plant Games!


To par­tic­i­pate as an ath­lete in the Games you must meet the fol­low­ing requirements:

  • Have received an organ, tis­sue, bone mar­row or cornea trans­plant (regard­less if you are tak­ing anti-rejec­tion med­ica­tion or not) or you are liv­ing donor.
  • Trans­plant occurred at least 9 months pri­or to the start of the Games.
  • You are in healthy con­di­tion and your doc­tor has signed a med­ical waiv­er allow­ing you to participate.
  • You have signed a form stat­ing that you meet the above requirements.
  • You have com­plet­ed an appli­ca­tion form and back­ground screening.

Sup­port Team Mem­bers include:

  • Fam­i­ly mem­bers and friends of the athletes
  • Donor Fam­i­lies
  • Trans­plant or Organ Pro­cure­ment Orga­ni­za­tion professionals
  • Oth­er inter­est­ed indi­vid­u­als who wish to sup­port the team

Gen­er­al Respon­si­bil­i­ties of a Team Iowa mem­ber are:

  • Fill out a team appli­ca­tion and pro­vide infor­ma­tion to com­plete a back­ground screening.
  • Fill out an indi­vid­ual pro­file form to share your sto­ry in the Team Iowa Directory.
  • Secure spon­sor­ship and funds for Team Iowa ($750.00 min­i­mum goal per ath­lete). Fundrais­ing pro­vides fund­ing for con­tin­u­ing the mis­sion of Team Iowa and helps off­set the costs of attend­ing the Games.
  • Vol­un­teer at Team Iowa and com­mu­ni­ty events lead­ing up to the Games. 
  • Share your per­son­al sto­ry with your com­mu­ni­ty to encour­age sup­port for dona­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion and to increase the num­ber of those who reg­is­ter as as donor.
  • Cheer on and sup­port fel­low team­mates at the Trans­plant Games!

Team Iowa is orga­nized and sup­port­ed by Iowa Donor Net­work. Please con­tact team man­ag­er, Anna Hobart, if you would like to get involved.

Spon­sor­ship Opportunities

Your finan­cial gift pro­vides crit­i­cal edu­ca­tion about organ, eye and tis­sue dona­tion in our com­mu­ni­ty and sup­ports Team Iowa’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Games. The trag­ic real­i­ty remains that there are many more peo­ple wait­ing for trans­plants than there are organs avail­able. By pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion about organ, eye and tis­sue dona­tion and cel­e­brat­ing the life-sav­ing and life-restor­ing ben­e­fits of trans­plan­ta­tion, we are able to increase pub­lic support.

Your con­tri­bu­tion guar­an­tees your oppor­tu­ni­ty to be includ­ed in all pro­mo­tion­al mate­ri­als, includ­ing our web­site and team shirt. The spon­sor­ship lev­els must be con­firmed by Jan­u­ary 12022.

For spon­sor­ship lev­els and a com­mit­ment form, click HERE.

Spon­sor a Donor Fam­i­ly to Attend the Trans­plant Games:

Every year, Team Iowa spon­sors a donor fam­i­ly to attend the Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca. If you would like to nom­i­nate a donor fam­i­ly or are a donor fam­i­ly and would like to nom­i­nate your­selves, please see the links below for nom­i­na­tion forms. To be eli­gi­ble for the 2024 Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca, all nom­i­na­tion forms must be sub­mit­ted by June 1, 2023. Please email all sub­mis­sions to Anna Hobart.

Donor Fam­i­ly Nom­i­na­tion Appli­ca­tion Infor­ma­tion here

To nom­i­nate a donor fam­i­ly, click here.

If you are a donor fam­i­ly, click here

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.