It was clear from the beginning: children, teenagers, and young adults with profound disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other severe health problems, needed support. Existing organizations focused on medical, vocational, and occupational needs, but none offered exercise and recreation programs designed especially for children with profound disabilities. So KEEN stepped in, committed to serving those so often left out. Children are matched one-on-one with trained volunteer coaches to play basketball, tennis, soccer; to swim, bowl, and just have fun. They gain skills, confidence, and self-esteem, while volunteers learn to be patient, open-minded, and sensitive to the needs of others and to diversity. The goal is to serve all young people with special needs and to continue providing programs free of charge. Opening doors for everyone is what it's all about.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Disabled
Schools They Work In: KEEN operates in and draws volunteers from a variety of schools including; Academy of Holy Cross; American University; DC Public Schools; Holy Child; Georgetown University; George Washington University; Georgetown Prep; Howard University; Marymount University; Montgomery County Public Schools; Norther Virginia Community College; St. Albans; St. Coletta; University of Maryland
Awards & Recognition
One of the Best: Catalogue for Philanthropy 2014-2015
One of the Best: Catalogue for Philanthropy 2010-2011
One of the Best: Catalogue for Philanthropy 2005-2006
- CSN's Julie Donaldson, KEEN team up for good cause
Sun Nov 9 2014, Comcast SportsNet
News coverage from KEENFest 2014, KEEN's annual dinner gala fundraiser.
- Harris' Heroes: Free program offers kids with developmental disabilities a chance to play sports, get active
Wed Oct 15 2014, ABC 7 News
2:30 minute video featuring KEEN Greater DC as a Harris' Heroes organization.
- Children with Disabilities are KEEN on Sports
Wed Sep 10 2014, Huffington Post
Last October KEEN expanded their sports program to Baltimore in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University.
- KEEN on Fitness and Fun
Fri Aug 1 2014, Baltimore's Child Magazine
It's a happy scene in the gym at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on a Sunday morning in Mid-May as kids ride scooters and explore parachutes
- KEEN hosts 2014 Sports Festival for young people with disabilities
Tue Jun 3 2014, Gazette
More than 300 children and young adults with disabilities participated Sunday in Sports Festival 2014, an afternoon of games and activities
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- The current budget for KEEN Greater DC is: $500k to $1 million
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