KEEN Sports

Program Description

During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for loosely structured sports activities. This is different than our pre-pandemic sports program, due to the need to remain socially distant during programming and utilize less equipment. Within each sports session, we will focus on 1-2 sports activities. Examples include: field hockey, relay races, soccer, t-ball, football, volleyball, and more. We will facilitate a warm-up and then host a few structured activities related to the sport featured that particular day. We do understand that each Athletes needs are different and success looks different for each participating Athlete. Therefore, while some Athletes may participate in the structured activity for the entirety of the session, other Athletes may try one of the structured activities and then choose to either observe or participate in an activity that meets their sensory needs. Therefore, in addition to our sports options, we will have at least one sensory option on site. Volunteers are on site to support our Athletes in the activities. Although we cannot provide our traditional 1:1 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our volunteers will still participate with and support our Athletes as needed.

The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle (although some athletes still need to run around its periphery, and that’s okay) and sharing with the group what they did that day “that made them very Proud.” We then play parachute games and sing the hokey pokey. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents.
Ages: 5-21

Session Information

We aim to meet for KEEN Sports on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays near UIC and the 1st and 3rd Sundays in Rogers Park.  Athletes and volunteers participate in activities at several different session times.

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