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SUMMER CAMPS PROVIDE ALL THE POSSABILITIES!
Physically playing a sport adapted to one’s abilities helps to improve balance, mobility, agility, strength, and fitness. Mentally working on the individual’s focus, concentration, and reactive and problem-solving behaviors. Emotionally it can promote self-confidence, instill feelings of success, relieve stress, and provide social outlets, such as meeting new friends, enhancing relationships, or providing fun family outings.
A unified tennis program designed for athletes with autism, down syndrome, and the intellectually challenged to play with an Able-bodied partner (someone without a disability), a family member, or a friend. Let’s have some FUN!
SOUNDS OF TENNIS
Blind and Visually Impaired athletes can still play tennis. The game’s main difference is a larger-sized tennis ball, which jingles to allow players to track and the number of bounces allowed. United States Tennis Association video link https://youtu.be/GEqryHTTyeY Let’s have some FUN!
TEXAS ACE SUMMER TENNIS CAMP
For ages 6-10 for typically developing students. The equipment: Smaller courts, smaller sized racquets starting from 17’’ (compared to 27’’ full-size racquets) and low-pressure balls (Red, Orange, Green) allow kids to start playing tennis at a much younger age. This lets them enjoy the sport and have fun without the frustrations of having trouble handling full-size racquets and the high and heavy bounce of regular tennis balls. Let’s have some FUN!
BEEP BASEBALL SUMMER CAMP Beep baseball is a challenging, physically-demanding, and enjoyable competitive sport for athletes who are blind or visually impaired. Whether in the batter’s box or in the field, athletes use a combination of strength, skill, and auditory senses to focus on the beeping ball and buzzing bases. “Beep baseball allows me to partake in a sport that since I was a young boy, I have always deemed hopeless due to my lack of vision. It allows me to have an outlet, even as an adult, for my competitive nature!”
Adaptive and Unified Sports
Adaptive and Unified Sports for all ages and abilities:
Basketball, Equestrian, Soccer, Tennis, Badminton, Aquatics, Bocce, Flag Football, Golf, Sailing, Softball, Wheelchair Tennis, Bowling, Powerlifting, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Fencing, Goalball
Adaptive or Para sports include athletes with a variety of disabilities and challenges. Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports for people with disabilities. Adaptive sports often run parallel to typical sports activities. However, they allow modifications necessary for people with disabilities to participate. Many adaptive sports use a classification system that puts athletes with physical challenges on an even playing field with each other.
Abled-bodied Athletes are referred to as the partner of people with physical or intellectual disabilities. Together they play as a Unified Team promoting inclusion in sports and everyday life. Learning a new sport develops higher-level sports skills and has new competition experiences. All athletes experience meaningful inclusion as each athlete ensured a place on the team by socializing with peers’ friendships are formed for happy and positive social interaction between teammates.
“It’s not about the sport. It’s so much more.” ~Josephine Sullivan, CEO
Galveston Tennis Association
The Galveston Tennis League, established in 2015, has partnered with USTA Community Tennis Association in March 2020 registered as a CTA with a focus on community. Founded by Josephine Sullivan, the group’s goal is to provide a safe place where all people can play tennis, regardless of skill, ability, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. GTA promotes tennis throughout Galveston County and the Gulf Coast Region in partnership with the United States Tennis Association and the City of Galveston Parks & Recreation.
Galveston Tennis Association is a program by and through the Christina Sullivan Foundation a 501c3 public charity. Many of the members also provide friendships as “Buddy” Volunteers and Volunteer Coaches for the Christina Sullivan Foundations Special Olympics Adaptive and Unified Programs in Galveston and the Gulf Coast Area.
Galveston Tennis Association will hold its first Casino Night and Awards Banquet in 2021 (TBA) with all proceeds of this special evening event going towards Scholarships for High School Tennis Players. Download Application
An exciting new program for Galveston Tennis Association in 2021 Unified Social Sunday for Adaptive and Unified Tennis. An able-bodied (non-disabled) tennis player will play alongside an intellectually or physically challenged athlete. Playing and Caring Unified!
The Galveston Tennis Association Members will utilize a link that will take them to the Galveston Tennis Association website USTA.com/Serve-Tennis. It will be members’ source of information regarding league play, weather updates, social events, volunteer opportunities, and USTA events.
Unified Champion Schools
The Christina Sullivan Foundation is the Sponsor for Unified Champion Schools for Galveston Independent School District and Special Olympics Texas to promote inclusion and acceptance through Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement. The program is part of the school social settings where students with disabilities feel welcome and included in all aspects of school involvement, building relationships, instilling confidence, bringing together students to Learn, Work, Play and Live Unified.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Net Generations, in partnership with the Christina Sullivan Foundation, allows students to learn and utilizes a unique system of different density and color of tennis balls for a happy and successful tennis player!
Thank you for your interest in the Internship Program for the Christina Sullivan Foundation. We are proud to offer students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in Recreational Therapeutic Adaptive Unified Sports and Fitness Programs.
The mission of education is an integral part of the experience. Internships provide an outstanding opportunity for students to learn and grow.
Volunteers make an impact every day. They are essential in providing a rich and enjoyable experience for all our athletes. If you are looking for an extremely rewarding long-term service opportunity, both volunteering and office assistance we hope you will join our team!
Volunteers support our staff and mission providing assist to our 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.
The Christina Sullivan Foundation strongly feels that creating an inclusive environment where people with different abilities are provided opportunities in the workplace by welcoming and adapting to their ability. The Foundation has taken steps to raise awareness and help develop the skills necessary to learn and grow as the employer for those with differing abilities to succeed at his or her position.
Opportunities are available in the foundation office, assisting students in adaptive and unified sports programs offered by the Foundation’s Recreational Therapeutic Adaptive Unified Sports and Fitness Programs throughout the year.
The Foundation’s Future Unified Sports Center & Research Institute, when completed, is to employ 50 % of the Center’s workforce with people of differing abilities.
The Christina Sullivan Foundation a “Network of Guardians for Hope and Inclusion “is dedicated to helping medically dependent children and adults with intellectual and physical challenges and their families. Our intake specialists will guide in locating the necessary resources involving medical, educational, legal, and social networks to assist in caring for their loved one’s health, safety, and well-being.
Inclusion has Made All the Difference
When society underestimates the capabilities of people with intellectual or physical disabilities, opportunities are lost. We’re working to change those minds through the Foundations Recreational Therapeutic Adaptive and Unified Sports and Fitness Programs. Inclusiveness for all people of all abilities to Learn, Work, Play, Live Unified.