CLEVELAND - The 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Tuesday, April 29.
The biennial event will feature about 20 events in downtown venues and area universities and is expected to bring 9,000 visitors and $5 to $10 million to Cleveland in Summer of 2016.
The sporting event is for organ recipients and living donors. The games include competitions like a 5K run, basketball, bowling, cycling, tennis, swimming and more.
"We have more than 3,000 participants, we expected over 9,000 visitors to come to Cleveland," said David Gilbert with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Cleveland was selected from 12 cities based on its venues, lodging, public transportation, flight pricing and schedules and driving distance from other markets, the commission reported.
To compete as an athlete in the games, you need to be healthy and have your doctor sign a medical waiver allowing you to participate. Also, your transplant must have occurred at least nine months before the start of the games.
According to the President and CEO of the Transplant Games, Bill Ryan, the events "highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients."