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My son loves every KEEN event - the regular sessions, the family fun day, you name it - because, for that time period, he has a friend. KEEN gives people with disabilities the friendship they so desire but can't obtain on their own. ” – KEEN parent



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, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful.

KEEN Chicago currently offers two sports programs and a swim program.

CHICAGO SPORTS

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
1st Session 3:30 - 4:20.
2nd Session 4:30- 5:20.

LOCATION: UIC Sport and Fitness Center | 828 South Wolcott Ave | Chicago, IL 60612.

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EVANSTON SPORTS

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

1st Session 12:30 - 1:20.
2nd Session  1:40 - 2:30.

LOCATION: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center | 1655 Foster Street | Evanston, IL 60201

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During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. In the Sports sessions they have a group warm up, and then move to individual activities which are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete. They may throw a basketball or kick a soccer ball, or they may take a walk around the outdoor track. Many love to bounce on 36” balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat wheeled scooter. A group may form for Duck, Duck, Goose. 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.” They literally go out dancing: the Hokey Pokey for the younger kids and the Macarena for the teens and young adults. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time.


KEENQuatics

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
1st Session 3:45-4:30
2nd Session 4:30-5:15
Location: UIC Sport and Fitness Center | 828 South Wolcott Ave | Chicago, IL 60612.

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KEENQuatics brings the KEEN formula to the pool. A large variety of inflatable equipment makes even the most cautious athlete eager to get in the water and splash about.