“A KEEN parent once told me that the time I spend with his child is a gift to his child, but the truth is I am the one getting a gift!” KEEN coach

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We are meeting virtually at this time! If you would like to volunteer with our virtual programming, fill out the application and we will reach out with information on how you can get involved.

In addition to working with some great kids and young adults with disabilities, KEEN volunteers, or “coaches,” meet a variety of interesting community-minded people. Volunteering for KEEN is fun and offers opportunities for occasional participation, regular involvement, and leadership. Volunteers don't need any prior experience working with disabled individuals – KEEN provides training prior to each session. Coaches don't need to be athletic, either. Our athletes will love you just as you are!

KEEN’s programs are structured so that each volunteer is assigned one program participant, or “athlete.” A coach’s job is to help athletes take part in different sports activities and to have a good time. Just before the athletes arrive and the session begins, coaches receive a profile with details about their athlete’s abilities as well as helpful coaching hints for that particular athlete. For our virtual sessions, we are asking volunteer coaches to take the lead in planning and facilitating some of the session activities with our athletes. We also welcome volunteers to participate in our virtual programming with our athletes. Additionally, once per month, we will be splitting up into small groups during our virtual sessions, so there can be more interaction between volunteers and athletes and we can begin to bring back our smaller ratios.

In addition to coaching individual athletes, KEEN volunteers have the opportunity to become a member of our Coaches Committee. This group plans and directs all KEEN activities, and provides a rewarding opportunity for leadership within KEEN.


Individuals/Young Professionals from surrounding areas are the core of KEEN’s volunteer base. KEEN understands the demands on these dedicated coaches, and does not ask them to make a formal commitment of time – they are welcome to show up when they can. But the rewards from interaction with their athlete and the other volunteers make them want to come back, time and again.

High School volunteers are welcome and KEEN provides student service hours. Spaces for high school student volunteers are limited, and to reserve a space, they need to register for each session. High school volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.

Corporate/University/Community Groups are welcome to volunteer at KEEN. Groups wishing to volunteer are asked to contact KEEN to reserve a program and a date, at info@keenchicago.org


Watch this video to learn about becoming a great KEEN Coach!


Watch this video to get a glimpse into KEEN Chicago in action!


To become a KEEN Volunteer, click here.

Watch this video to get a glimpse into KEEN Chicago in action!