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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.


This program meets for 90 minutes and enjoys either "Indoor/Outdoor" Play or "Sports and Swim."

Athletes range in age from  5- 21

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


Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

12701 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
First and Third Sunday of every month - 11am to 1:00 pm
(New Athletes arrive at 10:45am)
(New Volunteers arrive at 10:15)

Contact Coach Alex Sachs at 480-296-4670 or with questions.