The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation

 Adaptive Tennis Programs

The Foundation sought out and has become a partner with the United States Tennis Association, has brought to Galveston Independent School District an adaptive tennis program that is being offered for the first time ever in the Gulf Coast Region.  The Foundation is proud to be the first to bring this nationwide program to the Galveston and surrounding areas. This program promotes and develops recreational tennis opportunities for children and adults with differing abilities and circumstances through inclusion, knowledge, and support. Ages 8-22 and 22-80 years young!

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Our Partnerships



USTA’s Adaptive Tennis

USTA’s Adaptive Tennis program provides adaptive players with fun, increased reflexive skills and a chance to meet new connections that will last a lifetime. The program will include volunteers that go through clinics to work with players with an intellectual disability. Some of the positive impacts of USTA’s Adaptive Tennis Program Include:

  • If you have a daughter, son, sibling, parent or friend with intellectual or physical challenges, they can play, have fun and enjoy the many benefits of adaptive tennis.
  • Helps improve balance, mobility, strength, and fitness.
  • Assists with focus, concentration, and reaction, all while instilling self-confidence, relieving stress and strengthening social bonds through practice and competition.
  • It is a great way to strengthen both community and family through social activity.

Next Steps for Volunteering For Special Olympics Tennis

Volunteer Oath

I promise to give of the time in my life so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives.
I promise to support Special Olympics not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings.
I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because, in giving, I receive so much more in return.

Class A Volunteering

Opportunities to participate in a Class A volunteer includes coaching, fundraising, being a Unified Partner, officiating, and more. Special Olympics Texas depends on these volunteers to assist in providing life-changing experiences to the thousands of athletes participating in the program.

SOTX cares deeply about our athletes, families, and volunteers and realizes the need to take precautions to ensure their safety. To provide the best experience possible, potential Class A volunteers are required to complete the following steps:

  1. Submit the Class A Volunteer Application
    (Please Download a PDF version for Minor Volunteers.)
  2. View the General Orientation slideshow and submit your responses to the quiz.
  3. View the Protective Behaviors slideshow and submit your responses to the quiz
    (this is only required for volunteers ages 18 and over unless the individual is a current high school student).
  4. Complete the Concussion in Sports Training(for Concussion, easily create an account in NFHS and order the free concussion course. The training takes 15-25 minutes to complete)
  5. Submit a request for a criminal background check: see exceptions below.

Verified Volunteers is the official vendor for Special Olympics Texas. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: In order to devote more of our resources to providing a quality program for the athletes, we ask that our volunteers cover the cost involved in their background screening.

Volunteer Background Checks FAQs

Has your driver license ever been suspended or revoked in any state or other jurisdiction?

If your answer is YES, go here to complete your background check.

If your answer is NO, go here to complete your background check. (If you would like a reimbursement for the background check, please e-mail

  • If you are a minor volunteer under 18 please fill out and send in a copy of the Minor Reference Formin lieu of the criminal background check required below.
  • If you are from a country outside the United States and do not have an assigned Social Security number, please fill out and send in the Reference Form for Class A Volunteers from Countries outside of the United States in lieu of the criminal background check required below.

Kennedy Shriver Legacy

Eunice Shriver surrounded by her five children, Bobby, Maria, Anthony, Timothy, Mark. Seated next to Eunice is her husband Sargent Shriver at their Potomac MD home celebrating her birthday on July 09, 2006

Eunice Kennedy Shriver held a deep belief that people with intellectual disabilities could accomplish more than anyone ever imagined if they were given the same opportunities and experience as others.

In 1962 Eunice enacted her vision by inviting young children with intellectual disabilities to a summer day camp she hosted right in her backyard, which she called “Camp Shriver.” The camp’s goal was exploring children’s skill in different sports and physical activities. Soon, the idea grew. The first international Special Olympics Games were hosted in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about the events leading up to the founding of Special Olympics.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver remarked at the Opening Ceremony that the inaugural Chicago Special Olympics prove “a very fundamental fact. It proves then and continues to prove today that children with intellectual disabilities can be exceptional athletes and that “through sports, they can realize their potential for growth.” She pledged that Special Olympics would offer people with intellectual disabilities everywhere “the chance to play, the chance to compete and the chance to grow.”

What was once a woman’s vision bloomed into Special Olympics International — a global movement, which now serves more than 4.7 million people with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries.