It was clear from the beginning: children, teenagers, and young adults with profound disabilities – autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, and other severe health problems – needed some help. Existing organizations focused on medical, vocational, and occupational needs, but none offered exercise and recreational programs designed especially for young people with severe developmental and physical disabilities. So KEEN Greater DC stepped into the breach, committed to serving (at no cost) those so often left out of community sports and recreation – people on the profound end of the disabilities spectrum. Young people are matched one-on-one with trained volunteer coaches to play basketball, tennis, and soccer, enjoy water activities, bowl, and just have fun. Kids gain skills, confidence, and self-esteem, while volunteers gain a new perspective on life: they become committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. KEEN Greater DC’s goal is to serve all young people with special needs who want to exercise and have fun. Your generosity means opening doors to all.

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

Press

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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