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KEEN’s mission:
to 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:
fostering the confidence, self-esteem and inclusion in the community for youth with disabilities; strengthening the community through education of volunteers; and providing families with respite and a supportive network.

KEENfest 2016

Join us in celebrating the incredible abilities of KEEN athletes & swimmers! All proceeds will benefit KEEN programming in order to provide FREE services to all kids & families. 


ORDER TICKETS TODAY: Click here for our annual KEENfest gala tickets!


Thank You to Our Sponsors!



Join us for a night at the Soccer Park
Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:30 PM

To purchase tickets, click here.

KEEN USA hosted a National Symposium in Washington, DC on the need for fitness programs for kids with disabilities in light of the childhood obesity epidemic. Representatives from NCHPAD, The YMCA, Special Olympics, SHAPE America, Playworks, and other organizations came together to discuss access and barriers to programming, best practices for providing programs, outcomes measurement and other issues on this critical topic. To watch all the symposium videos, click here.

KEEN Founder and President Elliott Portnoy's opening remarks at the 2015 Symposium.

Are you a youth or young adult wanting to make a difference in your community?   Are you looking for ways to learn leadership skills while fostering the spirit of philanthropy and service to others? KEEN in the Classroom is for YOU!

Join schools from all over the St. Louis/St. Charles metropolitan area by helping raise awareness and funds for KEEN Sports, KEEN Swims and KEEN Sings!

Grade school, high school and college student groups, clubs and athletic teams are organizing “fun-raisers” to support KEEN athletes, and you can too!    

Our friends from SLUH and Academy of the Sacred Heart have kicked off 2016 with KEEN in the Classroom events… will your school be next?

Contact Julie Soffner at to learn about this great opportunity to support local kids with disabilities.



Become a KEEN volunteer "coach!" Volunteering for KEEN is fun and provides the opportunity for one-to-one work with some terrific kids and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities. For additional information on volunteering with KEEN, click here.