It was clear from the beginning: children, teenagers, and young adults with profound disabilities autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, severe health problems needed some help. 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. They 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. Your generosity means opening doors to all.

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


    Budget (FY2013)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • The current budget for KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is: $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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    About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

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