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KEEN On the Move!

News, Inspiring Stories and Information from KEEN Greater DC


In This Issue
KEENFest...October 19, 2013
Happy Hour with VIPs
Sports Festival -- June 2, 2013
New VA Sports Program
Run, Walk or Roll: Bullis School
Donation from Giant Food!

Lydia Ebinger Has Fun At KEEN While Bringing Happiness to Others

"How great it would be to have a little girl like Lydia," said a couple of KEEN coaches to Lydia's parents, Ed and Jane Ebinger, after one of our programs. Nine year old Lydia has been stealing hearts at KEEN since she started participating in our Sports program in Washington, DC, more than three years ago. Initially, Lydia didn't particularly care about what was happening in the gym. But after a short while, her interest and enthusiasm grew. Now Lydia prefers to be in the middle of all the action, regardless of how much or how little she can actively participate. Currently, she enjoys being a part of KEEN Sports, Soccer and Music. KEEN Music is her favorite. Although she is non-verbal, Lydia loves to serve as the group's conductor and really enjoys the friends she's made. Whether she's at KEEN Sports, Soccer or Music, Lydia wears a smile that lights up the room and provides a burst of joy to everyone she meets.
What Makes KEEN Unique?

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


October 19, 2013
Capital Hilton Hotel in  Washington, DC

Very HAPPY Hour

Thanks to the support and organizational power of KEEN Greater DC friend Ashley Layton, we had an outstanding benefit happy hour at BlackFinn Bethesda last month. Former Washington Redskins players Brian Mitchell, Gary Clark, Chris Samuels, Khary Campbell and Lorenzo Alexander, as well as former University of Maryland Star and NBA professional Walt Williams, were some of the VIP sports greats in attendance. 

 Happy Hour w VIPs
From Left to Right: Gary Clark, Chris Samuels, Lorenzo Alexander, Brian Mitchell, Khary Campbell & Walt Williams 

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May 6th, 2013
Woodmont Country Club
Join KEEN Greater DC at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD, for our 20th annual KEEN Golf Classic, one of our two largest fundraising events each year.  The day will be full of fun, friends and fundraising on and off the golf course. The tournament will follow a scramble format with contests throughout the day, coctail and dinner. Want to play?  Click here to register.

JUNE 2, 2013 

KEEN Sports Festival!

Save June 2, 2013, and plan to join KEEN Greater DC for our annual KEEN Sports Festival at Hadley's Park in Potomac, Md. This fun-filled day includes an obstacle course, a variety of individual and noncompetitive team activities, tug of war, face painting, a pizza lunch provided by Potomac Pizza, and much more. The Sports Festival is the one time each year in which we're able to bring together all of our athletes from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland, their families, and volunteers for a fun, festive outdoor event. Don't miss it!

Sports Festival Medals 

KEEN Greater DC Holds Grand Opening for Its New Sports Program at Kilmer Center School in Vienna, Virginia

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Thanks to the generous support of Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC in Manassas, KEEN Greater DC launched a new Kids Sports program in Vienna, VA, earlier this year and introduced a whole new group of kids--and their families--to our fun-filled programs! At our grand opening event, Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC employees brought t-shirts for everyone and had a great time volunteering as our coaches. It was a fun day! 

Run, Walk or Roll: Bullis School event on April 28th

The Bullis School community in Potomac, Md., has chosen KEEN Greater DC as one of the beneficiaries of its "5th Annual Bullis Gives Back 5K Run/2.5K Walk & Buddy Run". This special event includes family fun you won't want to miss, including pony rides and face painting. There is still time to register.

KEEN Greater DC families, contact Beata at if you haven't already and plan to attend.

Giant Food Donation to KEEN Greater DC
Giant Food in Georgetown Square officially unveiled its new renovations with a ribbon cutting by County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember Roger Berliner, and Giant at Georgetown Square manager David Grove. Also at this celebration, Giant awarded KEEN Greater DC a very generous, $2,500 donation in support of all of our local programs.

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