KEEN Launches Sports programs in Vienna

Thursday, March 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             
March 14, 2013
Contact:  Beata Okulska (301) 461-5353
 
 
 
NEW SPORTS PROGRAM gives more Children with Special Needs a place to belong.
KEEN Greater DC Announces the Opening of a new Sports Program in Fairfax County.
 
            KEEN Greater DC, with financial support from Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC in Manassas, is launching a new, noncompetitive sports program for Northern Virginia children with disabilities.  The program  officially kicks off this Sunday, March 17, at the Kilmer Center School in Vienna, Virginia, bringing free of charge, one-to-one recreational opportunities to more VA kids with severe and profound developmental and physical disabilities.
 
            The new program was established thanks to Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC’s summer fundraiser that raised $60K to support children with special needs in our area. For 59 years, Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC has been committed to our community, and to giving back,” said Koons’ Vice President David Hish. “KEEN Greater DC does so much good, helping kids with special needs turn into everyday heroes. We are proud and honored to support the outstanding, ongoing efforts of both the program and its participants.”
 
            “What makes KEEN unique is that every child is accepted in the program, regardless of the nature or severity of his or her disability,” explained Beata Okulska, Executive Director, KEEN Greater DC.  “Our athletes can enjoy every activity without the fear of losing or not being good enough.  They gain confidence and self-esteem and have a fabulous time doing so.”

Northern Virginia families of children with special needs interestd in participatin in KEEN’s programs can find more information and enrollment forms on www.keengreaterdc.org or email programsdc@keengreaterdc.org
 
            KEEN is always looking for enthusiastic, caring adults to serve as volunteer coaches for all its programs.  Each coach will be trained and paired with KEEN athlete to provide support and encouragement during KEEN’s sessions.  For more information about volunteering as a KEEN coach, contact KEEN Greater DC at volunteer@keengreaterdc.org.
KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization providing one-to-one sports and recreational programs to Greater DC area children and young adults with disabilities free of charge for more than 20 years. KEEN Greater DC currently serving children and young adults with disabilities in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia through 23 innovative programs.  For more information on KEEN Greater DC, visit our web site at: www.KEENGreaterDC.org.