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KEEN’s mission is to 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 is fostering the confidence, self-esteem and inclusion in the community for youth with disabilities; strengthening the community through education of volunteers; and providing families with respite and a supportive network.

Michael Jordan Makes Year-End Donation to KEEN Chicago.

Michael Jordan chose KEEN Chicago for a year-end gift stemming from the recent settlement of his lawsuits concerning the use of his identity. This donation will help KEEN Chicago grow and expand its programs in the Chicago area. Thank you Michael Jordan, and Congratulations to KEEN Chicago! For more information, read the article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Save the Date for KEENFest 2016!

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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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Show your support! If you have never donated before, your donation will be matched, through the Harriet Singer New-Donor Matching Grant.


Through the generosity of KEEN Supporter Harriet Singer, new donors* to KEEN Chicago will have their donations matched, until a total of $3000 has been raised. Your $25 donation will become $50! Donate today, and become a fundraiser for us, by inviting your friends to do the same! To donate via the new-donor matching campaign, click here: New-Donor Campaign.

*A new donor is defined as someone who has not previously given to KEEN Chicago within the past 24 months.

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KEEN Chicago welcomes our new athletes and old friends to our new location at the Trinity Methodist Church in Wilmette! We all had a wonderful time at our session.

At this new location we offer two sports sessions and art.


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 2015 schedule for both UIC Sports in Chicago and Trinity Methodist Church in Wilmette 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