Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Chicago provides free fitness and recreation programs to kids age 5-21 with disabilities. By pairing athletes 1:1 with a volunteer, KEEN is able to support individuals with more severe disabilities. Our programs are free of charge and provide respite and support to families, disability awareness training for our community of volunteers, but most importantly the opportunity for youth with disabilities to have fitness, fun and friendship at their level, celebrating their abilities. KEEN is a small program with one staff member. Our program serves 140 athletes with disabilities across the city of Chicago.
In this photo, one of KEEN Chicago's regular volunteers helps a KEEN athlete feel comfortable in the pool and get some exercise via swimming. Our volunteers are always amazing at meeting our athletes at their level and helping them to participate in whatever means possible.