About

Imagine a World where ALL youths have equal opportunities for recreation, fitness and friendship—regardless of their abilities.

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 for youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network.

KEEN Greater DC - Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of KEEN USA, headquartered in Washington, DC. KEEN Greater DC - Baltimore's local Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders, parents and volunteers. Their purpose is to provide skills and expertise to the organization and help to ensure that it remains true to KEEN’s mission of providing free recreational opportunities to children and young adults with disabilities by pairing them with trained volunteers for fun, noncompetitive activities.

KEEN is modeled on an innovative program established in Oxford, England by Elliott Portnoy, who brought KEEN to the Washington, DC area in 1992. With help from a handful of parents and volunteers, KEEN started as a single program. Now, thanks to tremendous support from thousands of volunteers and supporters from throughout the region, KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore serves hundreds of young people with disabilities and offers a wide range of programs and activities.

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