About Team Iowa

Celebrate. Compete. Commemorate.

Team Iowa cel­e­brates the gifts of organ, eye and tis­sue dona­tion and encour­ages oth­ers to reg­is­ter as a donor. By com­pet­ing in the 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 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 our fam­i­ly for the next Trans­plant Games in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama!


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 a 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 mem­ber­ship 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 a 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 May 12024.

  • $25,000 Plat­inum Sponsor
    • Promi­nent logo recog­ni­tion on Ath­letes’ shirts and mar­ket­ing materials
    • Logo with link on website 
    • Social media recog­ni­tion before and dur­ing Games
    • Oppor­tu­ni­ty to tai­lor spon­sor­ship pack­age or indi­vid­ual options
  • $15,000 Gold Sponsor
    • Large logo recog­ni­tion on Ath­letes’ shirts and mar­ket­ing materials 
    • Logo with link on website 
    • Social media recog­ni­tion before and dur­ing Games 
    • Oppor­tu­ni­ty to tai­lor spon­sor­ship pack­age or indi­vid­ual options
  • $5,000 Sil­ver Sponsor
    • Logo recog­ni­tion on Ath­letes’ shirts and mar­ket­ing materials 
    • Logo on website 
    • Social media recog­ni­tion before Games
  • $1,000 Bronze Sponsor
    • Name recog­ni­tion on Ath­letes’ shirts 
    • Name on website
  • $500 Friend Sponsor
    • Name recog­ni­tion on Ath­letes’ shirts 
    • Name on website

For a spon­sor­ship com­mit­ment form, click HERE.

Nom­i­nate a Donor Fam­i­ly to Attend the Trans­plant Games:

Team Iowa is proud to spon­sor one donor fam­i­ly from Iowa to attend the 2024 Donate Life Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca (TGA) in Birm­ing­ham, Alaba­ma from July 5 – 10, 2024. TGA is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty for donor fam­i­lies to meet oth­er fam­i­lies who have made the deci­sion to donate life and to wit­ness recip­i­ents who are now thriv­ing thanks to the gifts they’ve received. Many donor fam­i­lies who attended have shared how heal­ing and inspir­ing the expe­ri­ence has been for them. From shar­ing their loved one’s sto­ry, meet­ing oth­ers who have expe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar loss and wit­ness­ing the appre­ci­a­tion of trans­plant recip­i­ents, donor fam­i­lies find TGA to be an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence they will nev­er for­get.

Through the open appli­ca­tion process, indi­vid­u­als may nom­i­nate a fam­i­ly to par­tic­i­pate or a fam­i­ly may direct­ly apply. A Donor Fam­i­ly Nom­i­na­tion/Appli­ca­tion must be filled out for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Please note that we wel­come all fam­i­lies inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Games. While we are only able to finan­cial­ly sup­port one family’s par­tic­i­pa­tion, all fam­i­lies are invit­ed to join the team and par­tic­i­pate at their own expense. Fam­i­lies who have pre­vi­ous­ly been spon­sored by IDN/​Team Iowa to attend either TGA or the Rose Parade are not eli­gi­ble for spon­sor­ship, but are invit­ed to join the team. Excep­tions will be con­sid­ered if there is an extra­or­di­nary sto­ry to be told by a unique prospec­tive par­tic­i­pant. To learn more about Team Iowa and TGA, please vis­it the team web­site at IowaDonor­Net­work.org/TeamIowa.

About the Donate Life Trans­plant Games of Amer­i­ca:

TGA occurs every oth­er sum­mer and is both a cel­e­bra­tion of life and a way to hon­or the extra­or­di­nary gen­eros­i­ty of donors and their fam­i­lies. Team Iowa is com­prised of men, women and chil­dren from the trans­plant com­mu­ni­ty who want to spread aware­ness about organ, eye and tis­sue dona­tion.

Through­out the games, trans­plant recip­i­ents com­pete with oth­er recip­i­ents from across the coun­try in Olympic-style ath­let­ic events. In addi­tion to the com­pe­ti­tions, there are many events for donor fam­i­ly mem­bers, includ­ing the Open­ing Cer­e­monies, the Donor Trib­ute, 5K Walk/​Run, Triv­ia and oth­er Donor Fam­i­ly events. Join us to cel­e­brate, com­pete, and com­mem­o­rate.

Any ques­tions or inquiries can be direct­ed to Anna Hobart.

E: ahobart@​iadn.​org

P: 319.631.7436

  • The select­ed donor fam­i­ly must be avail­able to trav­el to Birm­ing­ham, Alaba­ma for the Games

  • Only first time Trans­plant Games atten­dees are eli­gi­ble

  • The spon­sored fam­i­ly will be expect­ed to share their expe­ri­ence with mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ty to encour­age oth­ers to sign up to be an organ, eye and tis­sue donors, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to news inter­views, pod­casts and radio shows.

  • The spon­sored fam­i­ly should be avail­able to ful­ly par­tic­i­pate as a mem­ber of the team, includ­ing attend­ing team meet­ings (in per­son or by phone/​video chat), sup­port­ing team mem­bers at TGA events and by shar­ing their sto­ry with the team

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.