Keen New York

KEEN New York empowers youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun, led by volunteer coaches. Its vision is to 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.

Renewed funding from The Meringoff Family Foundation will allow KEEN to launch a youth soccer program in Astoria, Queens.

"Our son Henry has Down Syndrome. Going to KEEN is his favorite activity and he vibrates with excitement when we tell him it's a KEEN weekend. Henry loves to play and has a great sense of humor, but he has trouble participating in group activities. KEEN is unique in that it provides him with a dedicated volunteer who allows him to direct his own activities while making sure he is safe and happy. We are grateful to have a place where he is treated with such warmth, enthusiasm, and appreciation for his abilities."