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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



All 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.

  • Absolutely Free
  • Volunteer-Run
  • Age Appropriate & Non-Competitive
  • Open, Unstructured and Flexible
  • Tailored for Each Athlete's Needs
  • Inclusive, Regardless of Severity of Disabilities

KEEN Los Angeles currently offers three Fitness & Fun programs: KEEN SportsKEEN Basketball, and KEEN Swim .

KEEN LA also offers two complementary programs:  KEEN on Healthy Eating and KEEN on Caretakers.


KEEN SPORTS

The program sessions are usually scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month, with the exception of holiday weekends and the month of August. Athletes and volunteers participate in activities from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. This site is an ideal facility for KEEN and features an outdoor and indoor space with a basketball court outside and a gymnastics space available indoors. There are also nearby playgrounds and park areas that family members are welcome to enjoy.

Dates:
November 4, 18*
December 2, 16
January 6, 20*
February 3, 24**
March 3, 10
April 7, 28

***BREAK FOR SUMMER SWIM***

October 13, 27
November 3, 17
December 1, 15

Time:

Coahces/Volunteers: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Athletes/Kids:           11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location:

The Children's Institute
2121 W Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Directions)

*January 20th session will be held at Elysian Park

**February 24th session will be held at the
     Abilities Expo at the
     Los Angeles Convention Center


KEEN BASKETBALL

KEEN Basketball program is designed for athletes who want to focus on developing their basketball skills.  Designed by former collegiate basketball players, each session includes a group warm up, 1:1 coaching on passing, dribbling and shooting drills and lots of fun! The session ends with each athlete showcasing what they learned that day along with our usual "Prouds" circle.

Dates:

**New Fall Dates**
October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 19
December 3,10

Time:

Coaches/Volunteers:   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Athletes/Kids:            2:00pm - 3:00pm (Ages 5-12)                                    3:00pm - 4:00pm  (Ages 13+)  

Location:

Sinai Temple in Westwood
10400 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Directions)


 

KEEN SWIM

KEEN Swim brings the KEEN formula to the pool. A large variety of inflatable equipment makes even the most cautious athlete eager to get in the water and splash about. Swimmers who are able are encouraged to swim a lap or two.

Dates:

May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
September 9, 23

Time:

Coaches/Volunteers: 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Athletes/Kids: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Ages 5-12)
                      11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Ages 13+)
 

Location:

Variety Boys and Girls Club
2530 Cincinnati St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Directions)

 


KEEN on Healthy Eating

KEEN LA offers fresh produce at each Saturday session to complement the fitness work we do on the courts.  Fresh fruit and vegetables are offered as snacks for our athletes and volunteers at each Saturday sports and swim session.  Take home bags of fresh produce are also offered to each family to supplement healthy eating throughout the week (not to mention save our parents a trip to the grocery store!).


KEEN on Caretakers 

KEEN LA supports the parents of our athletes, who are often primary caregivers for one or more children with special needs by making them feel completely comfortable leaving their child at KEEN and taking time for themselves.  KEEN also provides opportunities for caregivers to form support groups during KEEN sessions. In 2017 KEEN LA launched it’s Parent Resource Seminars with the aim of fostering the parents’ strength and resilience to continue to be involved in all aspects of the athlete’s life.  At least once a quarter we will offer a special program for the parents. Example seminars include “Employment opportunities for youth with disabilities” and Financial Education focusing on Disability Trusts, Back to School: IEP Advocacy, Parent Zumba and Yoga.