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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 sports and adaptive sports fitness 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.

Need: The Sportsplex will allow the Foundation to offer year-round activities for athletes with and without physical or intellectual challenges. A place for EVERYONE entertaining all skill levels adapted to one’s abilities in a variety of sports. The development of the Sportsplex is the perfect blend of community and tourism significantly impacting Sports Tourism as a destination to Galveston with 7.5 million visitors enjoying all that Galveston has to offer.

Capital Campaign: The Foundation’s Initial Phase One Goal for “Project Angel” Capital Campaign Goal $250,000 moving forward will begin to finalizing Engineering and Architectural Specifics Materials & Design, Sport Management Consultant, Attorney and Support of Fundraising Goals. You will be recognized as the Founders and recognition of your contribution will be on the foundations digital wall of GIVING HOPE


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 exceeds the length of one person’s embrace.

The Foundation’s Future Sportsplex will become woven into the fabric of the community, offering opportunities for all athletes to participate in Sports without limitation 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 skilllevel.

To perpetuate and sustain the Foundation’s Adaptive Sports and Tennis 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 be a USTA approved Tennis Center. Galveston Independent School District, Galveston Economic Partnership, University of Houston, A&M College Station, A&M Galveston, UTMB, Sea Star Base, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Galveston Park Board.

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

The center will have a Sports Rehabilitation Practicum area dedicated to students for learning and assisting athletes.  Once at the center, the Athlete’s 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 Adaptive Sports and Tennis Center will become a destination for sports tourism and forever woven into the fabric of our city.

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

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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 

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