Programs

All of KEEN's programs are based on a single principle: pair a trained volunteer with an athlete and let them discover together how much they can do. Programs are all open and unstructured, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful. KEEN programs are open to all youth ages 5-21 with physical or developmental disabilities. Certain programs are for select age groups only.

  • Absolutely Free
  • Volunteer-Run
  • Age Appropriate & Non-Competitive
  • Open, Unstructured and Flexible
  • Tailored for Each Athlete's Needs
  • Inclusive, Regardless of Severity of Disabilities

Currently, our in person sessions are paused due to COVID-19. However, we are maintaining an online community. Below is a summary of our virtual and in-person offerings; the first five programs are our current virtual offerings. For specific dates and times, please check the Current Schedule.
 

 

During our weekly KEEN Chicago Online programming, athletes participate in a variety of art, music, and exercise activities. The activities have a regular rotation throughout the month.
FIRST SUNDAY: Activities facilitated by students at the Latin School of Chicago
SECOND SUNDAY: Buddy Session/Small Group Interactive Activities...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

KEEN Athletes, siblings, caregivers, and volunteers are invited to join us for an inclusive Dance Party that meets everyone's needs.

Ages: 5-21
 

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KEEN Athletes, siblings, caregivers, and volunteers are invited to join us for accessible yoga and medication exercises.

Ages: 5-21
 

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Join us for a biweekly storytime on our Facebook page, where we will share children's stories of inclusivity, acceptance, and disability.

Ages: 5-21
 

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

Caregivers are invited to join us in the KEEN Zoom room to connect as well as share experiences and resources. Bring your coffee!
 

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During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. They have a group warm up, and then move to individual activities which are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete. They may throw a basketball or kick a soccer ball. Many love to bounce on 36” balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat wheeled...

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KEENquatics brings the KEEN formula to the swimming pool. A large variety of inflatable equipment makes even the most cautious athlete eager to get in the water and splash about. Swimmers who are able are encouraged to swim a lap or two. 
Ages:  5-21

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

Held between the two sessions of Sports at Loyola, KEEN Art gives KEEN athletes an opportunity to explore their creative side. A variety of Arts and Crafts projects are available, provide a good warm-up or cool-down for the athlete.
Ages: 5 - 21

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

During the Dance Program, athletes and volunteers will explore music an movement at the Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center.

Ages: 5-21
 

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

In addition to bouncing to their heart's delight on the giant padded trampolines, KEEN athletes can dive into foam block pits and swing from ropes!
Ages: 5 - 21

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535