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. The evolution continued as the name "ACSM World Heart Games" was adopted and participation from teams across the United States was established. 

The ACSM 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. The team-based and individual events foster a competitive spirit and a healthy lifestyle. Join us for the 2022 ACSM World Heart Games, taking place June 3–4 on the beautiful campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina


  Team-Based Events
Bean Bag Toss/Cornhole
Golf (two-man scramble)
Pickleball (doubles)
Tennis (doubles)


Individual Events
Disc Golf
Game of Knowledge
Golf Putting
Prediction Walk, Jog, Airdyne Bike, Nustep, Row and Swim
Soccer Shoot (men's & women's)
Softball Throw (men's & women's)
Table Tennis


AACVPR Scholarships

AACVPR is proud to provide financial support to a program team that is committed to attending the 2022 World Heart Games in Hickory, North Carolina. This scholarship is intended for teams consisting of program staff and patients who will actively fundraise and raise support to offset the costs of attending this unique event. The scholarship may be used to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, and expenses to/from the event. Five $1,000 scholarships are available to teams of two or more athletes. Applications will be reviewed and winners will be selected by the AACVPR Executive Committee/Awards Committee based on criteria listed on the application form. Deadline for submission has been extended to March 28, 2022.

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Important Event Information

Event Registration

Registration for the 2022 ACSM World Heart Games is now open. Download the form below and mail it along with your payment to Tiffany Maxson: 15226 Aullcin Court, Charlotte, North Carolina 28278.

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Event Schedule

Check back soon to view and download the schedule.


Transportation will be provided to and from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is nearly a 45-minute drive to Hickory. Shuttle times will be provided closer to the event date.

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