KEEN Sports Festival in Rockville Celebrated 31 Successful Years of FREE, One-to-One Recreational and Exercise Activities for Children and Young Adults with Significant Physical and Developmental Disabilities

by MCS Staff

KEEN Greater D.C., a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides free on-to-one recreational actvities to children and adults with disabilities, celebrated 31 years last Sunday, June 4 at Timberlawn Local Park in Rockville. This was the 20th annual KEEN Sports Festival where volunteers teamed up with athletes or instructor-led activities including fitness, Zumba, taekwondo and individualized play.

The 20th Annual KEEN Sports Festival celebrated 31 successful years of FREE, one-to-one recreational and exercise activities for children and young adults with significant physical and developmental disabilities. Volunteers teamed up with KEEN’s athletes for instructor-led activities, including Fitness, Zumba and Tae Kwon Do, and individualized play.

KEEN Greater DC is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free-of-charge, one-to-one recreational activities to children and young adults with all types of disabilities in ways that allow them to build self-esteem and self-confidence. Volunteers are the heart of KEEN. While KEEN’s regular activities take place at different sites throughout Greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore, the Sports Festival is the one time each year for all KEEN participants to celebrate in person as a single group.

About KEEN Greater DC: KEEN Greater DC’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches. From five children in a local gym in 1992, KEEN has grown to now serve close to 500 young people with disabilities in the DC area through dance, swimming, gym-based sports, fitness, and bowling. Each month, KEEN Greater DC matches a trained volunteer coach one-to-one with an athlete, enabling every child – especially those with significant disabilities – to play, exercise, socialize, and to be part of a team in their community. Visit

Pictured: The partcipants gathered for a group shot at this year’s KEEN Sports Festival.


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