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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 15 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 15 years ago.


S4EA Board of Directors (2023-24)


Executive Committee

President - Ron Choularton (Retired)

Vice President - Martin Duarte (Special Ed Teacher, Chula Vista Elem School District)

Treasurer - Kathy Nelson (Residential Care Facilities Owner) 

Secretary - Diana Rathbun (Retired)

At-Large - Nicole Alvarez (San Diego Unified School District)


Joe Alvarez-Salas (Athlete Council President)

Rodney Caudillo (RLC Financial, Wedbush)

Kelly Choularton (Athlete)

Isaac Hernandez (Athlete)

Carissa Nelson Zink (Student, UC Irvine)

Matthew Rathbun (Athlete)

Shay Thomas (Border Patrol)

Emeritus - Skip Covell (National Certified/Gallagher)

Graphic Designer - Mary E. Cunningham

S4EA Athlete Council (2023-2024)

President - Joe Alvarez-Salas

Vice President - Mia Ford

Treasurer - Louis Flam

Secretary - Rachel Goldbaum

Sergeant–At–Arms - Michael Stein

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 Thursday of every odd numbered month at 6pm on Zoom as follows in 2023: January 12, March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14, November 9.

The S4EA Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of every even numbered month at 6pm on Zoom as follows in 2023: February 9, April 13, June 8, August 10, October 12, December 14.

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


Get in Touch

 8380 Vickers St., Suite E, San Diego, CA 92111  |   858-565-S4EA (7432)

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