Sports Center & Research Institute

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.

The Sports Center & Research Institute will be located in League City, Texas and accessible by regional and international airports. It 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!

We All Have a Role to Play.


123,000 sq. ft.
  • 14 Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • 8 Youth Tennis Courts
  • 3 Indoor Tennis Court
  • 1 Roof Top Tennis Show Court
  • 2 Multi Sport Courts
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • 16 Dorms Paralympic Team
  • Research Area
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Indoor/Outdoor Jogging Track
  • 10 Indoor Volleyball Courts
  • Fitness Wellness Center
  • Locker Rooms
  • Activity /Classrooms
  • Pro Shop/Café
  • eSports
  • Virtual Golf Simulator
  • Butterfly Garden Chapel
  • Red Cross Disaster Relief Center
  • Accessible Aquatics Center

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


We are seeking generous support from individuals, corporations and foundations that embrace the idea of creating a place where anyone and everyone can experience the joy of being part of a world of Inclusiveness. Join us in supporting the Sports Center and Research Institute, to make the dreams for sports for all abilities come true.

Naming opportunities are available for donations of $10,000 and over. Pledges may be paid over multiple years. To set up a multiple pledge or for more information, email:



Convenient Parking
Garage 125 spaces

Welcome Lobby Area

Locker Rooms

Two Multi-purpose courts

Three indoor tennis courts

Rock Climbing Walls 3 floors

Wrap around balcony

Sixteen dorm rooms

Fitness / Wellness Center


Meeting rooms

Jogging track


10 Volleyball Courts

Sitting Volleyball


eSports Gaming Center and Cafe

Locker rooms