Recreation Programs for Children and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) provides recreational and sports programs for children with disabilities. At least 80% of the athletes who participate in KEEN programs are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Kids with disabilities are at greater risk of leading isolated and sedentary lives. KEEN will match kids with volunteer coaches who help them to be the athletes they aspire to be - kickballer, bowler, swimmer, runner, dancer, tennis player, whatever they want to do. KEEN sessions are non-competitive, flexible, and always free-of-charge. Programs are located in facilities that have access to public transportation. in addition, KEEN sessions take place primarily on Saturdays and Sundays. a Saturday or Sunday session allows a KEEN athlete to get out of the house and be physically active. It also provides much appreciated weekend respite to the athlete's parent or caregiver. KEEN currently operates six locations throughout the country and this grant will provide some of the funding needed for additional locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, New York City, and Phoenix.