Kraig Chiles selected as 2016 Sports Man of the Year



“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Sports Participation Enhances The Psychological Well Being Of Children With Disabilities By Forming Friendships, Developing Confidence, Compassion And Self-Identity”.

San Diego, CA — Indoor Soccer League Superstar and San Diego Sockers MVP, Kraig Chiles (3-time pro indoor soccer league MVP) will be honored as “SPORTS Man of the Year” by SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes, (S4EA) at the 9th annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park (2131 Pan American Plaza).   This gala brings together America’s favorite pastimes including: Sports, Eating, Shopping, and Helping Others.

Attendees at the 9th Annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with 2016 SPORTS Man of the Year, Kraig Chiles and team mates from The San Diego Sockers, Basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Walton, Mad Mike from the MTV classic, “Pimp My Ride” and other celebrities.   Over 25 of San Diego’s best restaurants, chefs, caterers, breweries and wineries come together at the Hall of Champions to help exceptional athletes by sampling tastes of their signature dishes and libations everything from Sushi to Stuffed Grape Leaves. The “Sensational Silent Auction” features fabulous vacation getaways, gift baskets, autographed sports memorabilia and more. Critically acclaimed and local favorite the Steph Johnson Trio ( will be providing Latin jazz tunes for tasting, shopping and dancing. “A Taste 4 SPORTS” takes place on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions. Tickets are $60.00 per person inclusive of food and drink. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 858-565-7432. Proceeds from “A Taste 4 SPORTS” benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes providing over 24 sports programs for 1400 athletes with and without developmental disabilities.

“Last year we honored 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi as “SPORTS Man of the Year”. This year we are proud to honor local favorite and San Diego Sockers star, Kraig Chiles. He is an amazing athlete who personifies “SPORTS Man of the Year” on and off the field”, states Walter Jackson, Executive Director, S4EA. “This is such an honor because SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is dedicated to sharing the message that sports bring people together helping each other be the best they can be while creating bonds of friendship that shape and build our lives”, explains Kraig Chiles. He continues, “I love playing soccer; it has given me amazing opportunities to learn and grow. But most importantly I am able to share my love for the game with exceptional athletes everywhere!”

There will be every type of cuisine and libations imaginable featuring some of San Diego’s favorite chef’s from: Bread & Cie, El Comal Mexican Cuisine, Koji Morisaki, Pick Up Stix, Mimi’s Kitchen, Montesquieu Winery, Belching Beaver Brewery, PRP Wine International, Troy’s Authentic Greek Cuisine, Coffee Ambassador, Creative Ideas, Tam’s Thailand Food, Screaming Pete’s BBQ, Sushi on the Rock, Café Cabaret, Fat Molly’s Brownie, Brother’s Giant Pizza, Slaters 50-50, Twiggs Bakery & Coffee House, Vitalyte, Guillermo’s-Pepe’s Street Tacos, OH! Juice, On Girard, marketplace, Park House Eatery and more.

The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community. S4EA programs help athletes relate to each other without stereotypes. Children and adults participating in sports programs promote social adjustment, life satisfaction, family support, and community involvement.

For more information on S4EA Programs and “A Taste 4 SPORTS”, to purchase tickets and ways the community can support S4EA by donating time; money or resources visit, or call 858-565-7432