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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to attend Games?

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors in our community, there is no admission fee for Games of Acadiana. It is a fun, family-friendly day that honors cancer survivors and celebrates life. However, by making a $10 donation, you will receive our new GPS (Give. Play. Support) wristband. As a thank you for donating to support our mission, you will be able to play the following games: Monster Spider Jump, Snow Mountain, Spider Climb and Zipline.

What time does Games start and end?
Games of Acadiana starts with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00am in the Convention Center. (Doors open at 9:00am.) Games and activities begin after Opening Ceremonies and continue until 4:00pm.

Where do I park? Is parking free?
You may park in any available spot at Cajun Field. There is no charge for parking.
Please note that Cajundome Blvd is closed from 7:00am until 10:00am for the MPCS Triathlon. You will need to access Cajun Field from Bertrand Drive.

How old do you have to be to attend? Do you allow strollers?
There is no minimum or maximum age; all are invited and encouraged to play. We have a few games with age or height/weight restrictions.

Yes, strollers are allowed. We also have stroller parking outside of the Pre-School Play Area so that you can leave your stroller while you play.

What kind of games do you have?
We have a variety of games, so there is something for everyone! Some games are physically challenging such as Spider Climb, Soccer, Fastest Pitch, and Hula Hoop. Other games challenge hand-eye coordination such as Operation, Quarterback Pass, Putt Putt, and games in our Win-it-in-a-Minute area. For our youngest participants, we have the Pre-School Play Area which has balloon balls, an obstacle course and more as well as a life-size Candyland game and a special section of the McChallenge game. *Please note that a few games have a cost to participate.

Each year, we update games and add new ones, so we hope you’ll bring the entire family to join us!

How do I get a table or some space at the event?

Each game or activity at Games of Acadiana has a sponsor or several co-sponsors. We would love for you to consider becoming a sponsor of this family-fun day. Many businesses use this event to build employee morale while making a difference for families fighting cancer in Acadiana. Please check out the sponsor section on our website or give us a call at 337.984.1920 to learn more.

How do I register a survivor?
Survivors are asked to "check-in” at the Survivor Area in the lobby of the Convention Center on the morning of the event. There is no need to register in advance. Doors will open at 9:00am for check-in to begin.

Do you have special parking for survivors?
Unfortunately, there is no special parking for survivors.

How do you honor Survivors?
Games of Acadiana is an annual event that honors survivors and celebrates life! Survivors kick off the fun during Opening Ceremonies through the short Survivor Walk (stroll). Each survivor receives a special t-shirt (while supplies last) to wear during the walk. Additionally, survivors and one guest can enjoy special seating areas for eating and watching the fun-filled activities of the day.

What is the Survivor Walk?
Don’t worry … no running shoes needed! The Survivor Walk kicks off Opening Ceremonies with a short parade (stroll) of cancer survivors walking from the back of the Convention Center to the front while the crowd cheers. (Survivors should be there by 9:45am to participate.) Survivors make the short walk as a group to "Gonna Fly Now,” the theme song from Rocky! Participants often tell us this is a powerful and emotional time of celebrating life and feeling connected to the community. For many, this annual event is a milestone marker of celebration.

What is the timeline for the event?

  • 8:30 AM – Volunteer registration opens
  • 9:00 AM–Convention Center Doors Open
  • 9:00 AMSurvivor "Check-In” Begins (Convention Center Lobby)
  • 10:00 AM–Opening Ceremonies (Convention Center)
    • Each year Games of Acadiana begins with Opening Ceremonies which includes the Survivor Walk, National Anthem, brief prayer, and announcement of honorees!
    • Games: Begin after Opening Ceremonies - 4:00pm
    • Survivor Area: 10:00am - 4:00pm (rest area for survivors)
    • Bake Sale: 10:00am – runs out
    • Spaghetti Dinner: 11:00am - 2:00pm (unless runs out before)
  • 1:00 PM – Survivor Registration closes
  • 4:00 PM – Games of Acadiana ends

What are the food options that support MPCS?
In previous years, we have offered a spaghetti dinner thanks to generous food sponsors. Each $6 meal includes spaghetti and meat sauce, dinner roll, raw carrots, and sweet tea or lemonade. Meals are sold in a tent outside the Cajundome starting at 10:00am while supplies last. Proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services.

Thanks to generous local bakeries, we also have cookies available in our bake sales for $1.50 each.

How does Games of Acadiana raise money if there is no cost to attend?

Games of Acadiana (GOA) raises money for Miles Perret Cancer Services through sponsorships. Each game/activity has a sponsor. Additionally, there are opportunities for participants to donate at our I’m In and Change for Miles stations or in donation boxes located throughout the event.

How do I donate at Games of Acadiana?
Participants may donate at our I’m In and Change for Miles stations or Information tables in both the Convention Center Lobby and outside in the parking lot. Additionally, there are a few donation boxes located throughout the event.

How do I volunteer for Games?
Games of Acadiana needs over 1,100 volunteers to run successfully! If you are 16 years or older, we would love for you to sign up, and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you prior to the event to match you with a volunteer position. We have needs on Friday, set up day, before the event as well as Saturday, Game Day. On Saturday, Game Day, our volunteer shifts are four (4) hours and split into a morning or afternoon shift. Once assigned by phone or email in advance, you just need to "check-in” at the volunteer tent before your shift starts.

You may also show up the day of the event to our Volunteer Tent. We sometimes have slots still available.

I have a group that wants to volunteer? Can we volunteer together?
We have some games/activities that can accommodate a group of volunteers. Please note that all in group must be 16 years or older. Please contact our volunteer coordinator in advance to schedule your group to participate.

What do volunteers wear?
We provide yellow t-shirts for all our volunteers; however, some companies that are corporate sponsors may prefer their employees to wear company shirts during a volunteer shift. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt during "check-in” at the Volunteer Tent. Please also wear shorts or pants of your choice and comfortable shoes.

If you are volunteering at a game outside in our new "Play through the Seasons” are in the parking lot, please make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat.

Will you sell cancer bracelets?
Yes, we will have the latex-free silicone wristbands in various cancer specific colors for sale in Milesy Mart. Each bracelet is $3.00.

Will you have the current poster for sale?
Yes, we will have a 16”x20” copy of the poster signed by the artist for sale in Milesy Mart for $10.00.

What t-shirts will be for sale?
We will have our current poster t-shirts for sale in youth and adult sizes (while supplies last). Poster t-shirts are sold for $12. We also sell our pink ribbon shirts, Milesy shirts, and GOA graphic shirts. Check out Milesy Mart in the Convention Center Lobby to see our selection.

What items will be for sale in Milesy Mart?
Each year our options vary, but here are the items you can expect to see this year:

  • Cancer specific bracelets (adult size, some colors)
  • Cancer specific keychains (some colors)
  • Cancer specific mini car magnets (some colors, 3”)
  • Beach towels (yellow, Lands End)
  • Frisbee fan (white, fold-up)
  • Greeting Cards (pack of 12, MPCS client art)
  • Lapel pin (gold, "M” shape)
  • Lunch cooler (navy, rectangular zip top)
  • Ornament (pewter, Milesy)

Check out our shop online to see items in advance.

Is there an ATM available?
Yes, there are ATMs in the Convention Center lobby.

Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept credit cards to purchase items in Milesy Mart and to register for Camellia Crossing. Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sales are cash/check only.


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