ILLINOIS (WICS) — Athletes that have had organ transplants are competing for Team Illinois at the 2022 Donate Life Transplant Games.
The games are being held from July 29 through August 3 in San Diego.
Among the athletes competing on Team Illinois are nine kidney recipients, including a three-time kidney recipient, a kidney/pancreas recipient, and a kidney/lung recipient – three heart recipients and four liver transplant recipients.
There are multiple sports that team Illinois will be competing in. There is a basketball team, a trivia team, and a volleyball team.
There are 16 athletes, 22 donor family members, one living donor, and a dozen or so loyal supporters and fans who will travel to San Diego in July as part of Team Illinois. More than 10,000 people from 37 states and three countries are expected to attend the 2022 Transplant Games, a multi-sports festival held every two years in different cities around the country.
Team Illinois comes from all over the state including, Batavia, Carol Stream, Chicago, Darien, Elmhurst, Evanston, Flossmoor, Hillsboro, Lombard, Springfield, Sycamore, and Zion.
***NKFI Note: Our very own Monica Fox will be competing in this year's games!***