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Sports Center & Research Institute

A state-of-the-art facility dedicated to encourage and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles for everyone.
“The Center will be woven into the fabric of the community, offering opportunities for all athletes to participate in sports without limitation or barriers.” ~ Josephine Sullivan, CEO & FOUNDER

Our Vision

The Sports Center & Research Institute will be a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to encourage and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles for everyone. Children and adults, with and without intellectual and or physical challenges, are supported by the Foundations Recreational Therapeutic Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Fitness Research Programs.

The Sports Center & Research Institute will host Leagues and Tournaments, including Paralympic Sports. The Sports Center & Research Institute will entertain year-round activities in a variety of sports for all athletes of all skill levels, adapted to one’s abilities.

Sports Management Company will operate the facility, and the Sports Advisory will assist in the development and the planning of the Center. The Sports Center & Research Institute will be self-sustaining. The Foundation recognizes each person’s value and is committed to employing individuals with and without intellectual and physical challenges. A Center of Inclusiveness.


168,000 sq. ft.

The Sports Center & Research Institute will become a World Class Destination where athletes, educators, researchers, and students will gather together from around the world.

The Sports Center & Research Institute will become woven into the fabric of the community driving economic tourism and creating an opportunity for persons of All Abilities!



Championship Tennis Court Rooftop


3 Indoor Tennis Courts / Pickle Ball


14 Outdoor Tennis Courts


8 Youth Tennis Courts / Pickle Ball


8 Full Size Basketball Courts


10 Indoor Volleyball Courts


eSports Venue and Café


Inclusive Rock-Climbing Wall


Indoor Jogging Track


Restaurant Full Service


Library and Resource Center


170 Parking Spaces First Level


Research Area / UTMB


Community Clinic / Practicum Area




Fitness / Wellness Center


Men / Women Locker Rooms / Adaptive Lifts / Hi-Lo Tables


Activity Rooms / Programs


Pro Shop


Sports Rehabilitation


Inclusive Aquatic Center / Natatorium / Therapy Pool


Teaching Kitchen


21 Dormitories / Paralympic Sports Team


Outdoor Green Space Gathering Area / Café / Large Media Screen


Memoriam Christina Sullivan / Butterfly Chapel / Meditation / Sensory Garden and Hatchery


Two Golf Simulators


Child Care Center


Media Center


Red Cross Disaster Relief Center

Field House for UTMB

3,600+ Students, 14,000+ Employees

We Have the Power to Make a Difference.

The Foundation has the same passion that USTA Texas has when it comes to working with people with disabilities. Our goal is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities through inclusion and support by providing organizations like the Grillo Sullivan Foundation with equipment, training, curriculum and funding.

Cindy Benzon
USTA Adaptive/Wheelchair Coordinator

In almost every household, you will find someone with a disability,” said Macke-Hines, who holds a doctorate in organizational development. “I suffer from multiple sclerosis, and some days I walk normally, and on other days, I can hardly walk at all. It’s wonderful that there is going to be a place where I can enjoy physical activities on both good days and bad days, and not be looked at differently just because I have a handicap.

Lason Macke-Hines
PhD Texas Education Agency

It is our greatest pleasure to write a letter of support for The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation. This organization has displayed a commitment to our Special Olympics athletes by going above and beyond what we have asked. Special Olympics Texas fully supports the hard work and efforts of Foundation and their partners as they continue to make a big difference in our Gulf Coast community.

Pam Hollaway
Director Area 22 The Gulf Coast

As part of the support from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), we plan to have our logo and brand trademark on the outside of the building where we will have clirfical, education and research space. It is our belief that our collaboration will strengthen both of our programs in support of the population to be served by the Christina Sullivan Foundation. We also intend to provide clinical services to populations of patients who may not be directly impacted by the Christina Sullivan Foundation. This additional exposure will bring other individuals into your organization and help to build awareness of Foundation programs and the services to be offered. 

Becky Korenek, MBA, MHA
UTMB Heath - Executive Vice President, Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer