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KEEN’s Mission
Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

KEEN’s Vision
Foster confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion for youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network.

Thanks to everyone who supported KEEN Chicago in the Newman Foundation Challenge this year.
Your generosity is deeply appreciated by our athletes, their families,
and the volunteers who serve them.


Thank You to our sponsors for making KEENFest a success!
You make a real difference in the lives of young people with disabilities!

KEEN Chicago named as one of best Chicago Charities for 2017 by Thrillist. Read more.

"Do good this week by volunteering at KEEN Chicago" is the headline in this great article arout Volunteering at KEEN Chicago in today's redeye. Read it here.

KEEN USA hosted a National Symposium in Washington, DC on the need for fitness programs for kids with disabilities in light of the childhood obesity epidemic. Representatives from NCHPAD, The YMCA, Special Olympics, SHAPE America, Playworks, and other organizations came together to discuss access and barriers to programming, best practices for providing programs, outcomes measurement and other issues on this critical topic. To watch all the symposium videos, click here.

KEEN Founder and President Elliott Portnoy's opening remarks at the 2015 Symposium.

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KEEN Chicago is proud to announce additional KEENSports and KEENQuatics on Satudays at UIC Sports and Fitness Center, Chicago.


We are now accepting registration forms for athletes.
Athlete Registration Form

If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions please email KEEN Chicago at or call 312-876-2535.


Please be sure to check our 2016 schedule for both UIC Sports in Chicago and Loyola Prak District, Chicago for all session dates 

                      Pictures from KEEN Sports, KEENQuatics and KEENArt. 


Want to help?
To volunteer or make a tax
deductible financial contribution,
or donate athletic equipment or
in-kind services, contact us at:

KEEN Chicago
P.O. Box 06255
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6255