KEEN On the Move!

News, Inspiring Stories and Information from KEEN Greater DC


In This Issue

Please join us on weekend sessions to play and exercise with KEEN athletes. The programs are FUN and we need your energy!  Our volunteers are the heart of KEEN programs and we would not be able to run the sessions without your support. 

The volunteer sign up links are available on our site at
Spotlight on  Michele Doyle

As a busy professional, Michele has been balancing work, family and life demands with volunteering for more than 11 years. Michele began volunteering with KEEN in September 2006, and after her first sessions, she was hooked! "KEEN is a nurturing environment where you can be yourself no matter whether you are an athlete, a volunteer, or a parent. We all help each other to make life just a little bit better for each other," says Michele.
What makes Michele keep coming back? "The families, the athletes, the volunteers!" she explains. "When I'm at KEEN, the volunteers and athletes want to hang out with you unconditionally. There is no judging. There is no hidden agenda. These people just want to enjoy time with you. You are also fully in the present when you are with our athletes. There is no room in your thoughts for work or worries. You can only be there with them in the moment. I find the laughter and friendships truly rewarding and the hours are zen-like/meditative to me. KEEN is my favorite part of my week!"
Thank You to All Our 2017  Sponsors, Supporters, and Volunteers!  

What Makes KEEN Unique?

Programs are:
-Free of charge
-Open to children with any type or severity of disability
-Run by volunteers
-Funded solely by the community   

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Save the Dates
April 29
Bullis Give Back 5K Run/2.5K Walk and Buddy Run
 in support of KEEN Athletes 

May 14
Golf Classic - Woodmont Country Club  

June 3 
Sports Festival - Avenel Park in Potomac

November 3
KEENFest Gala - Capital Hilton Hotel  
Celebrating 25 Years of KEEN Service!
In 2017 KEEN Greater DC celebrated 25 years of service for kids, teens and young adults with special needs. 

To celebrate our silver anniversary, we expanded KEEN programs and created additional activities:  KEEN Bowling for Young Adults in Baltimore, KEEN Sports in Arlington, and KEEN Zumba in Washington, DC. 
Opening these new programs allowed us to enroll more athletes and further engage the community.  KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore currently serves 500 young people with disabilities and provides over 1300 service hours each month.  

We do still have some open spots in these programs.  New parents can contact Beth to enroll their children. 
Leadership Opportunity with KEEN Gr. DC-Baltimore
We are looking for volunteers to help us:

* run programs
* organize KEEN volunteer social events
* organize a service project with your professional or social groups (i.e. employer, sports team, alumni group, family & friends) to volunteer for a session


Helping KEEN in these ways has benefits. It provides opportunity to build transferable skills in public speaking and supervising, managing, and organizing people and activities.
Please contact us at .  We would love to hear from you!
1992 KEEN holds its first session in the United States. 

1994 1st Annual KEEN Golf Classic fundraising event.
KEEN Club program is created to give teenagers with disabilities an opportunity to play sports and go on outings with peer companions.

1995 Marriott International's first year as the lead Golf Classic sponsor.

1997 KEEN hires a part-time staff person. KEEN launches new swim program.

2001 KEEN's part-time staff person grows into a full-time executive director position. KEEN creates second major fundraiser: KEENFest. KEEN opens a fit and sports program, providing fitness and recreational opportunities to young adults.

2002 KEEN celebrates its 10th anniversary and holds its first annual KEEN Sports Festival, inviting athletes from all programs to come together as one group at an outdoor recreational event. KEEN doubles existing sports programs to four weekends a month. KEEN also restructures its programs to make all, except swimming, age specific.

2003  KEEN opens a bowling program for young adults and a new tennis program in Northern Virginia.

2004 KEEN launches music programs for children and teens, in addition to starting a young adults sports program, Tae kwon do and a third swim program. KEEN becomes a national organization and renames the founding affiliate KEEN Greater DC.

2005  KEEN Greater DC is selected for inclusion in the 2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the small charities "making a difference in the DC area." In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Washingtonian magazine names KEEN Greater DC as one of the "40 organizations [that] strengthen the bodies and spirits of young Washingtonians." KEEN USA begins opening affiliates in cities across the country.

2006 KEEN Greater DC expands into Washington with the opening of KEEN Sports and Swim in Southeast DC. KEEN doubles existing music programs to four sessions a month. KEEN Greater DC begins collaboration with other local organizations to create much needed programs for adults over 25 years old with disabilities.

2007 KEEN Greater DC celebrates its 15th anniversary. KEEN launches a new swim program in MD.

2008 KEEN Greater DC establishes a music program in Southeast DC.

2009 KEEN Greater DC expands the DC music program. Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes joins KEEN Greater DC's Board of Directors as an honorary board member.

2010 KEEN Greater DC expands into Northern Virginia with the opening of KEEN Sports programs for kids and teens. KEEN also begins a new basketball program in DC. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition selects KEEN Greater DC as a partner for activities aimed at emphasizing the importance of sports, fitness and nutrition to people with disabilities.
KEEN athletes are invited to participate in the Kids Euro Festival at the French Embassy.

2011 KEEN Greater DC opens music programs for kids and teens in Northern Virginia as well as a new soccer program in Washington, DC. KEEN establishes a partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The University creates a for-credit undergraduate course, "KEEN: Practicum in Neuroscience."

2012 KEEN Greater DC celebrates its 20th Anniversary and launches a Tae Kwon Do program for children.

2013  KEEN Greater DC expands into Baltimore, MD, opening a sports for kids program there, as well as a new sports for kids program in Virginia.

2014 KEEN Greater DC opens a new dance program for young adults in Maryland.

2015 KEEN Greater DC adds an additional sports program and new bowling program in Northern Virginia.

2016 Bullis School community organizes the first annual Prom event for KEEN athletes.

2017 KEEN Greater DC celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the opening of a new bowling program for teens in Baltimore, MD; sports program for kids in Arlington, VA; and Zumba program for young adults in Washington, DC.

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