Summer of Impact

Welcome to KEEN Chicago’s Summer of IMPACT!

KEEN Summer of Impact

We are so proud to be able to have our athletes and their families participate in our programs at KEEN Chicago.  They are what makes KEEN who we are.  They are why we exist, and why we don’t take a summer vacation from our desire to make an IMPACT on their lives, and the lives of the entire KEEN community.

KEEN accepts every child, regardless of the nature or severity of their disability.  Our athletes participate in weekly sessions which provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to play, express themselves, and simply be who they are.  KEEN’s model is very simple: we pair a trained volunteer “coach,” one-to-one, with a young “athlete,” and let them discover together just what they can do. Our programs are unstructured and non-competitive, allowing young people facing even significant challenges to find joy through play.

KEEN’s method of one-on-one engagement between athletes and volunteer coaches provides a unique opportunity for both individuals to learn, grow and be fulfilled.  We pride ourselves on fostering these relationships and in building a sense of community across a diverse population, all while giving them the opportunity to enjoy being active.

As KEEN’s programs are offered at no cost to 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.