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Mission Statement: The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity dedicated to encouraging and facilitate healthy and active lifestyles for children and adults with and without intellectual and physical challenges through the Foundation’s Recreational Adaptive and Unified Fitness Sports Programs. Impacting the athletes, physical, social, emotional well-being, while fostering Inclusion through Unified Sports. Volunteers assist athletes one on one encouraging the athletes all while instilling self-confidence, relieving stress, and strengthening social bonds through practice and competition, bringing together both community and family through social activity.


On behalf of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation as Executive Director, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to share with you the Vision and Mission of the Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation. Assisting children and adults with and without intellectual and physical challenges by providing inclusion in sports and everyday life. Learn, Work, Play, Live Unified

It is an incredible feeling knowing the foundation provides opportunities through its programs, benefiting everyone, and witnessing the accomplishments that have made a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. “We at the foundation know that it takes a community and support from its leaders as yourselves so in essence, the arms of caring far exceed the length of one person’s embrace.

The Foundation’s Future Unified Sports Center will become woven into the fabric of the community, offering opportunities for all athletes to participate in sports without limitations or barriers. “INCLUSIVE” Sports improves physical health, motor skills, along with social integration, newfound friendship, and increased self-esteem. The foundation has witnessed that people with intellectual and physical challenges when playing accomplish more than anyone ever imagined if they were given the opportunities and experiences as others. Under one Sportsplex, every one of all abilities can play and compete together at their skill-level.

To perpetuate and sustain the Foundation’s Unified Sports Center Executive Director Josephine Grillo Sullivan first had a Vision and sought out Partnerships with USTA, United States Tennis Association knowing the importance that the facility as a USTA approved Tennis Center. Also, Galveston Independent School District, University of Houston, A&M College Station, A&M Galveston, UTMB, Sea Star Base, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Galveston Park Board and Microsoft for Unified eSports.

The Centers Multipurpose, sports courts will hold tournaments for basketball, wheelchair, basketball, wheelchair rugby, power wheelchair soccer, wheelchair football, volleyball sitting volleyball, standing tennis (amputee), basketball, standing basketball, badminton, eSports, goalball, bocce and so much more. Multisport arena area will contain an Indoor jogging track,  adaptive rock climbing wall, 7,500 sq. ft. Fitness /Adaptive Gyms, multipurpose activity rooms, accessible men and women’s locker rooms, family caregiver area with adult changing center, bath, shower, and lavatory.

The Unified Sports Center will have a Sports Rehabilitation Practicum area dedicated to students for learning and assisting athletes.  Once at the center, the Athlete and community will have a full-service Cafe and Pro Shop catering to both nutrition and equipment needs for the athletes and patrons from the Community. TCGSF Unified Sports Center will become a destination for sports tourism and forever woven into the fabric of our city.

“It’s not just about the sports. It’s so much more.”   Josephine Sullivan, Executive Director

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As Executive Director of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation, I am honored to welcome Ability 360 as an Advisory Sponsor to share their 35 years of experience with the Foundation.

Ability 360 continues a 35-year tradition offering and promoting programs to empower people with all disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities.



Ability360 provides exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic, and fitness programs that promote the independence, health, and overall well being of people with disabilities and their family members. Located in Phoenix Arizona 

Texas A&M College Station



Dear Friends,

At The Foundation, our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. I wanted to reach out to our athletes and their families personally, our schools, members of the community, and the Foundation’s Buddy Volunteers to provide an update on the event scheduled with Microsoft on April 24th for Adaptive Tennis Clinic and Education in Inclusive eSports Gaming.

Without hesitation, the Foundation and its Board of Directors have agreed that the event canceled to prevent the spread of the virus and support the health and well-being of the athletes.

The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation’s Mission as “A Network of Guardians for Hope & Guidance” remains faithful to assist children and adults with and without intellectual and physical challenges. To plant the seed for the Next Generation to live in a world of INCLUSIVENESS. Learning to Work, Play & Live Unified no matter one’s uniqueness, abilities, or skill level. It’s about caring for one another.

Blessings ad we continue on this journey in service of others.

All because she lived…

Josephine Sullivan

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Thank you, Rotary Club of Galveston

Thank you to THE ROTARY CLUB OF GALVESTON ISLAND for your kindness & support for the children and adults with intellectual and physical challenges that THE CHRISTINA GRILLO SULLIVAN FOUNDATION serves through its USTA Adaptive Tennis Programs. It was a blessing and an honor as Executive Director to share with the members the journey of the foundation its mission and future vision to continue to…BRING PEOPLE HOPE 

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors



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The Independence Village is an assisted living facility for residents with special needs. Providing independent living and promoting community involvement.

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