January, 2019

Happy New Year!
Donate Life Float Highlights Outstanding 2019 Rose Parade

Once again, the float designers and promoters from One Legacy have done a spectacular job with the 2019 Donate Life Float. This year’s float with the theme, “Rhythm of the Heart”, celebrated it’s 16 th year in the traditional New Year’s Day Rose Parade. It traveled the route just ahead of the 2019 Tournament of Roses President, Gerald Freeny, who is a two-time organ recipient and cancer survivor. We're excited to report that the Donate Life Rose Parade Float was awarded the Judges Award for most outstanding design and dramatic impact. This is the third time, since the float’s inception in 2004, that it has taken home this award.

Forty-four families of deceased donors participated in a number of events from October through mid-December decorating and putting the finishing touches on their loved ones’ floragraph portraits, and more than 2,500 volunteers provided over 10,000 hours to help complete the float.
2020 Meadowlands Transplant Games Planning in Full Swing

Transplant Life Foundation staff and the Meadowlands Local Organizing Committee (MLOC) have been busy in early stages of planning for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games. In February, we will announce the entire MLOC staff along with our leadership team from TGA.  In the first quarter we will be focusing on venue selections for both competition and special events, as well as the ever-important task of fundraising to help cover the costs of our world-class event. At the heart of our 2020 extravaganza will be the American Dream project which will house our TGA Village and a number of competitions and special events. We were excited to learn that American Dream was named as one of the coolest things coming to America in 2019. Check out the following link below, and stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Artist Rendering of American Dream
Mid-year 2018 Construction Photo

2020 Competition Updates

As you can imagine, there are many details in reviewing all of the competitive sports associated with the Transplant Games. With 21 different medaling events taking place over a six-day, schedule hosting thousands of athletes and spectators, we typically look at every single aspect of the sport from the rules of competition, the hosting venue, flooring, equipment, staffing etc. Although the review process will take many more months, we have some early news to share.

There are no plans to make any significant changes in our competition structure in 2020, so while there may be some small adjustments, you can expect to see the usual Division I and Division II competition structure.

Racquetball has been discontinued effective with the 2020 Games. This should not come as much of a surprise, as participation in this sport has declined among our competitors, as well as nationally as an amateur sport. We are sad to see this sport end, but the time had come to make this difficult decision.

On a more positive note, we will be adding a second day of Pickleball in order to accommodate a growing interest in this sport. We very likely will have one day of singles competition, and another day to handle doubles and mixed doubles.

We do not anticipate any new sports in 2020. Although we continue to review new sports for possible inclusion in the Games, we are limited to what we can add from a scheduling perspective and budget standpoint. There may be opportunities to test out some of the American Dream facilities, but note that these events would be considered on a trial basis and would not be part of our medaling competitions.
National Donor Day – February 14, 2019

Mark your Calendars for February 14, 2019 to celebrate and recognize donors everywhere! National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.
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