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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



KEEN athlete with volunteerAll 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 PHOENIX SESSIONS

This program meets for 2 hours and enjoys either 2 hours of "Indoor/Outdoor" Play or "Sports and Swim"

Sample Session Schedule

 

up to 15 before the start of the session  - Athletes arrive

0:00            Athletes are assigned a coach and begin session

0:00-00:45   Athletes play inside or swim with  coach in a group

00:45-1:00   Athletes Transition to the next activity

1:00-1:45     Athletes play outside or in gymnasium with coach

1:40-1:45    Athletes transition to Circle Time

1:50-1:55     Athletes share their favorite part of the day

2:00            Parents rejoin their athletes

 

Athletes range in age from  5- 21 (existing athletes might stay with KEEN longer)

 

During each session, athletes and volunteer coaches come together for one-to-one activities. They might swim (using adaptive equipment, kick boards or floatation devices), they might play in the gym with a basketball or kick a soccer ball. Many love to bounce on balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat scooter. The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle and sharing with the group what they did that day “that made them very Proud.”  Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time.

During each KEEN session, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. Depending on the child's ability, they can experiment with different sports, relay races, obstacle courses, music, gymnastics, yoga, depending on the activity of the week.

Athlete Registration Form

LOCATIONS


Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

12701 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
First and Third Sunday of every month - 11am to 1pm
(New Athletes arrive at 10:45am)
(New Volunteers arrive at 10:15)

 

City of Tempe - Escalante Center

2150 East Orange St
Tempe, Arizona 85251
*Please see calendar for scheduled dates (New Volunteers arrive at 10:15am)
(New Athletes arrive at 15 minutes before the session starts)
(New Volunteers arrive 45 minutes before the session starts for orientation)



Gompers Habilitation Center

6601 N 27th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Second and Fourth Saturday of every month from- 11am to 1pm
(New Volunteers arrive at 10:15am)
(New Athletes arrive at 10:45am)

Contact Jo Ellen McNamara at 480-330-8855 or jmcnamara@keenphoenix.org with questions


Please see the calendar for more details.