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 with teams throughout the U.S. participating. The games were held next in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013, in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016 and now Hickory, North Carolina in 2019 and 2022 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)!