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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. 

#KEENSilverStories: 25 Stories of KEEN's Past, Present and Future
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The Hartung Family Talks KEEN Vision

From the very first organizational meeting twenty-five years ago to today, the Hartung family has been a constant on the KEEN scene.  Parents Sue and George Hartung were among the core group of families who found gym space, equipment and athletes to make KEEN a reality in the DC area in 1992.

Their children Warren and Emily have literally grown up in the KEEN family.  Now 32, Warren was six when he and a small group of children became the first KEEN Greater DC athletes.  A few years later he was joined by his sister Emily, now 27.

A teacher in Montgomery County, Sue Hartung has devoted over 30 years working on behalf of people with disabilities, but is especially proud of her 15 years of service on both the KEEN Greater DC and National Board of Directors.

“It’s all about vision.  You have to have a vision not only for the individual but of a society where everyone is treated equally and is a valued member of their community. People involved with KEEN always have that vision.”

Warren and Emily, who both have autism, have taken part in sports, swim, bowling, Tae Kwon Do (pictured below), and music programs over the years.  They found in KEEN a place where they could be active and do things their own way.  "Children with disabilities just don’t get to make any choices about their lives,” says Sue.  "Everything is decided for them.  At KEEN they were able to pick what they wanted to do and express their preferences and it was a huge sense of empowerment for them.”

Sue credits the volunteers for giving her children a chance to have positive peer interactions.  “The exercise is great but it is really the companionship I think that makes it special.”  She will never forget the parent who refused to use the precious respite time KEEN offered for herself. Instead she kept watching through the gym window.   “She said, ‘I’ve never seen anyone enjoy spending time with my child before.’  And that’s really the heart of KEEN, says Sue.

Suporters are invited to join us for the 25th Anniversary Gala: KEENFest 2017 on Saturday, November 4 in Washington, DC to celebrate this momentous milestone.  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.

Save the Date
Saturday, November 4, 2017
KEENFest 2017: 25th Anniversary Gala

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for KEENFest 2017, celebrating 25 years of KEEN Greater DC.


Marriott International
Vision Award Accepted by Debbie Marriott Harrison

Daryl and Sondra Nickel
Lifetime Achievement Award

The evening will include a cocktail reception with silent auction, seated dinner, awards program and live auction. Contact Elizabeth Doherty for more information regarding sponsorship and donations. 

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!


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


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