ACSM World Heart Games

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June 7-8, 2019

Lenoir-Rhyne University 
Hickory, North Carolina

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Olympic-Style Competition for Those with Cardiovascular Disease or with Risk Factors

ACSM's World Heart Games provide two days of safe, fun, and relational competition for those who have experienced a cardiopulmonary event or live with risk factors. These team-based and individual events will foster a competitive spirit and a healthy lifestyle. All skill levels are welcomed to participate and can do so as a team or as an individual. Don’t have team? Individuals can get paired for team-based events after registering. Athletes get a wide variety of challenging but safe activities to compete for the ACSM World Heart Games. These provide a monitored and competitive way for the participants to be active in a way that they are physically comfortable.

Individual Events

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Disc Golf
  • Game of Knowledge
  • Golf Putting
  • Pickleball (Individual)
  • Prediction Walk, Jog, Airdyne Bike, Nustep, Row and Swim
  • Soccer Shoot (Men & Women)
  • Softball Throw (Men & Women)
  • Table Tennis

Team-Based Events

  • Bean Bag Toss/Cornhole
  • Golf (4-man scramble)
  • Pickleball (Doubles)
  • Tennis (Doubles)
  • Volleyball


Transportation will be provided to and from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport located in Charlotte, NC which is roughly a 45-minute to one-hour drive to Hickory, NC. Shuttle times will be provided closer to the event date.


Online registration will be available for both single and group participants from February 1 – May 19, 2019.

Hotel Accommodations

Discounted hotel room rates will be secured for participants and this information will be available when the online registration is open.

About the ACSM World Heart Games

In 1990, the Georgia Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation began sponsoring the Heart of Gold Games. Cardiac rehabilitation programs from around the state sent teams to compete in several events. This concept led to the creation of the AACVPR International Heart & Lung Games of 2003 and 2006.
In 2010 the Games evolved into the ACSM World Heart Games. Teams throughout the U.S. participated in 2010. The games were held next in Atlanta in 2013 and in Charlotte in 2016 with growing participation and involvement. In keeping with the Olympic motto – Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger) the ACSM World Heart Games motto is now Sapientior, Fortius, Sanior (wiser, stronger, healthier)!