Summer of Impact - Athletes

Welcome to KEEN Chicago’s Summer of IMPACT!
Meet KEEN Athlete Lia!

KEEN Summer of Impact

Lia has been a KEEN athlete for 3 years. For Lia, KEEN is a welcoming place where she can engage in sports activities she enjoys. While Lia participates at KEEN, her mom and dad are able to have a break to sit down or spend time together while knowing that their daughter is safe and will be well cared for. Her mom explains that keeping a child filled with energy occupied can be exhausting, but KEEN provides an outlet for Lia and she always leaves tired. Lia’s mom also explains that they have met a lot of people through their participation: Lia has been able to develop relationships with peers while her parents have been able to have conversations with other parents in similar situations. Especially during the school year and winter months, KEEN is one of the few recreational opportunities that is available to Lia, and through her participation in KEEN, Lia has had opportunities to do things which she would not otherwise have had. Lia has therapies 7 days per week which is extremely expensive, but her parents are thankful that KEEN is not only a welcoming and safe environment for their child but that it is also free for families.

As KEEN’s programs are offered at no cost to our athletes, families and caregivers, your support this summer goes to immediate use for our athletes. Any donation, no matter how small, will contribute to our goal of raising $3,000 in 10 days to provide new equipment for the 150 athletes participating in our programs here in Chicago.

As KEEN’s programs are offered at no cost to our athletes, families and caregivers, your support this summer goes to immediate use for our athletes. Any donation, no matter how small, will contribute to our goal of raising $3,000 in 10 days to provide new equipment for the 150 athletes participating in our programs here in Chicago.