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, providing all of our Athletes the opportunity 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

 We have modified our program due to COVID-19, and have a variety of in-person options. We ask that all volunteers be fully vaccinated prior to joining our program and encourage all of our families and Athletes to get vaccinated if they are able to keep our community as safe as possible. We ask that everyone who is able wear a mask at all programming and social distance when possible. Although currently, for reasons of safety, we may not provide 1:1 for our Athletes we aim to create spaces where our Athletes are welcomed, accepted, and able to participate. Program descriptions are below; this page is in the process of being modified for fall 2022 and not all programs are listed here. For specific dates and times, please check the Current Schedule. Registration for programs takes place quarterly, although, if you are interested in participating feel free to email info@keenchicago.org to inquire as to if spaces are open.
 

 

During sports programming, athletes and volunteers come together for loosely structured sports activities. Our sports program is one of the favorites by many of our youth. Athletes develop friendships as they participate in physical activities and have free play opportunities that meet sensory and recreational needs! Activities within sports...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

Yoga is for everybody. As we learn to cope with mental health challenges and changes in our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga and meditation can become tools to help us be more in the present moment. Emphasis will be on seated postures as we practice together. Poses will be taught in a way that is accessible to all of our athletes and...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

KEEN Music includes a series of different activities to teach our athletes about different kinds of instruments and the best way to use their talents as well as perform with confidence! We will be having some free time instrument play as well as a few structured activities to bring awareness to the beauty in music and how it can be so...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

KEEN Quatics brings the KEEN formula to the swimming pool. Youth can come to this program to swim, splash and play in the water. We have life jackets and pool toys on site. Your child will constantly be supervised, and there is no need for prior swim training. It is important to note that this is not a swim class or instructional course but...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

KEEN Art will work to build our Athletes' coping skills as we all learn to manage the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. During art, we will facilitate a number of craft projects including: painting, play-dough, puppet making, coloring, and more that both meets the sensory needs of our Athletes and works to improve mental...

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

At the KEEN Dance Program, athletes and volunteers will explore music and movement together. An instructor with experience in facilitating dance options for youth with disabilities will guide our Athletes in a number of movement exercises. Athletes are invited to participate at their own pace.

Ages: 5-21
 

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535

KEEN Athletes are invited to attend Jiu Jitsu sessions with Alex at Bel Aire Martial Arts! Self-defense is so important, and so is feeling strong! Come learn how to kick, punch, jump and fight all in a safe and constructive way with a professionally trained instructor and peer to peer support. Jiu Jitsu is a fun way for KEEN Athletes to gain...

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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! This session helps our Athletes to meet their sensory needs and work on self-regulation skills.

Ages: 5 - 21

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Emergency Phone Number: 312-876-2535