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 PHOENIX SESSIONS
This program meets for 2 hours and enjoys either 2 hours of "Indoor/Outdoor" Play or "Sports and Swim"
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.
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
First and Third SUNDAY of every month 11am to 1pm
Gompers Habilitation Center