KEEN Chicago: Parachute Games

Laura Fillenwarth

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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. Within regular programming, volunteers are recruited who work 1:1 with our athletes to engage them in physical activity during programming. We serve 140 athletes with disabilities across the city of Chicago.

At KEEN Chicago, we love using the parachute. All of our athletes, regardless of ability level, enjoy and are able to participate when we utilize the parachute within our sessions. Our athletes often have a harder time developing friendships, however, our program supports the development of friendships naturally. In this photo, two KEEN Chicago athletes engage with each other and play under the parachute while they are supported from the sidelines by our wonderful volunteers.

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