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Join Us for KEENFest 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Presented by Total Wine & More

6:00pm Silent Auction and Reception
7:30pm Seated Dinner and Program, Followed by Dancing

Honoring

Marriott International
Vision Award Accepted by Debbie Marriott Harrison

Daryl and Sondra Nickel
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets are on sale now!  

Early Bird rate of $225 ends September 1.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Sponsorship opportunities are availabe, ranging from $600- $15,000.  Visit our KEENFest 2017 website for full details. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Doherty


#KEENSilverStories: 25 Stories of KEEN's Past, Present and Future
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Nurturing, Rewarding, Zen-Like: That is KEEN for Volunteer Michele

“KEEN is a nurturing environment where you can be yourself no matter whether you are an athlete, a volunteer, or a parent.  We all help each other to make life just a little bit better for each other.”

That is how Michele Doyle, an eleven-year KEEN volunteer describes the organization.  Michele began volunteering at KEEN Swim in Washington, DC in September 2006.  Lucky for KEEN, after those first sessions, Michele was hooked!  Over the years she has helped in various capacities and currently serves as the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the KEEN Swim programs in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Michele has seen first-hand the benefits of participation in KEEN programs, specifically in her swim programs. She shared how so many of the kids start out completely afraid of the water but after time, they jump right in.  She remembers one young boy, “Jonathan was seven when he came to the DC Swim program.  He was so frightened he clung to me.  I would have scratches because he held onto me so tightly.  Now at 17 he is jumping around the pool doing handstands.  We often have to get his parents to help us get him out of the pool because he loves it so much!”

And another boy who, “…. went from being scared of the water and barely putting his toes in to four years later, putting his face in and moving all around.  He shows up in a rash guard, with goggles on, so excited to get in the water.  His fear is gone.”

Michele has also witnessed the impact of the program on kids who are paraplegic or quadriplegic.  “Their faces would come alive in the water.  They can move and play in the water and participate in a way they cannot on dry land.”

What makes Michele keep coming back after 10+ years? “The families, the athletes, the volunteers!” she explains.  "When I'm at KEEN, the volunteers and athletes want to hang out with you unconditionally.  There is no judging.  There is no hidden agenda.  These people just want to enjoy time with you.  You are also fully in the present when you are with our athletes.  There is no room in your thoughts for work or worries.  You can only be there with them in the moment.  I find the laughter and friendships truly rewarding and the hours are zen-like/meditative to me.  KEEN is my favorite part of my week!”

***** Read all of our #KEENSilverStories here.  New stories released weekly!  *****

Supporters are invited to join us for the 25th Anniversary Gala: KEENFest 2017 on Saturday, November 4 in Washington, DC to celebrate 25 years of KEEN with us.Visit our event website for further details. 


KEEN Launches Online Fundraiser to Raise $50,000

This summer, from June 1 to September 30, KEEN friends will work together to demonstrate the power of small gifts that add up to make a big impact.  YOU can help by joining the 2017 Fund-An-Athlete team! KEEN friends, parents and volunteers are invited to set up their own personal fundraising pages and support this important initiative. Pages are easy to create and customize with personal stories and photos. Visit our campaign site today to learn more about getting involved!


The 16th Annual KEEN Sports Festival -- A Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 25 years of KEEN programs. Special thanks to Potomac Pizza, DrinkMore Water, Wegmans, Trader Joe's-Rockville, MD, and Harris Teeter for supporting this event with your donations! Additional thanks to our Zumba dance instructors from Claysmile Entertainment and ZuzuFit; DC SCORES; Master Moon and TaeKuk Martial Arts, and US Track and Field athlete Adam Durham!
Check out the media coverage.


KEEN Golf Classic - Monday, May 15

Thank you to the nearly 250 golfers who joined us at Woodmont Country Club for the 24th annual Golf Classic, presented by Marriott International.  The event was a huge success, raising more than $240,000! Photos from the day can be viewed here. 

Special thanks to Marriott International, Arent Fox, Accenture and all of our fantastic sponsors, whose full listing can be found here.


 

Check out our video: A Day In The Life -- One KEEN GDC volunteer tells her story.


 

Thank you Discovery Communications for creating this wonderful video for us!


KEEN’s Mission: Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.
KEEN’s Vision: Foster confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion of youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network.


Want to Help?

To volunteer or make a tax deductible financial contribution, or donate athletic equipment or in-kind services, contact us at:

KEEN Greater DC
PO Box 341590
Bethesda, MD 20827-1590

301/770-3200
info@keengreaterdc.org 

To donate online, click here.