Our Team

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) was founded by a group of coaches, parents, volunteers, and community members who determined that there was a need for a community-based sports program for athletes with and without developmental disabilities in San Diego County. Many in this group have 10, 20, or more years of experience serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Walter Jackson

Executive Director

Walter has over 40 years experience working in sports programs for persons with developmental disabilities. He helped found SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes 13 years ago.


Clara Downes

Associate Director

Clara has over 40 years experience working with persons with developmental disabilities. She helped found SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes 13 years ago.


S4EA Board of Directors (2020-2021)


President - Matt Stickley (Geneva Financial)

Vice President - Randy Levinson (Coast Commercial Ventures, LLC)

Treasurer - Skip Covell (National Certified)

Secretary - Adrian Lizano (Handle Bar Hot Sauce)

Past President - Tamara Ahrens (PCL Construction)


Nicole Alvarez (San Diego Unified School District)

Joe Alvarez-Salas (Athlete Council President)

Rodney Caudillo (RLC Financial, Wedbush)

Martin Duarte (Special Ed Teacher, Chula Vista Elem Sch Dist)

Isaac Hernandez (Athlete Representative)

Aik Kalantarian (Caregiver)

Teri King (The Loan Company of San Diego)

Carissa Nelson Zink (Health Care Worker)

Graphic Designer - Mary E. Cunningham

S4EA Board Meetings

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, S4EA Board meetings & Executive Committee meetings are via Zoom rather than at S4EA office.


The S4EA Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every odd numbered month at 6pm at the SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes office (9575 Aero Drive #B, San Diego, CA 92123) or via Zoom as follows in 2021: January 13, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, November 10.

The S4EA Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every even numbered month at noon at the SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes office (9575 Aero Drive #B, San Diego, CA 92123) or via Zoom as follows in 2021: February 10, April 14, June 9, August 11, October 13, December 8.

The following are S4EA Policies as approved by the S4EA Board of Directors:

S4EA Athlete Council (2020-2021)

President - Joe Alvarez-Salas

Vice President - Johnny Adair

Treasurer - Debbie Gillaspy

Secretary - McKenzie Crossley-Cox

Sergeant–At–Arms -Isaac Hernandez


Get in Touch


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SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) welcomes your contributions!


SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

After clicking the Donate Button and putting in the amount, in next screen  list the purpose of your donation:  Registration Name & Sport, Pancake Breakfast, S4EA Golf Classic, "A Taste 4 SPORTS", Guacamole Bowl, Bunco, In Memory of, In Honor of, Donation, etc. 


Phone: 858-565-7432

Address: 9575 Aero Dr #B, SD 92123

Registered Charity: ID #20-8886536

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