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My son loves every KEEN event--the regular sessions, the family fun day, you name it--because, for that time period, he has a friend. KEEN gives people with disabilities the friendship they so desire but can't obtain on their own. ” – KEEN parent


All of KEEN's programs are based on a single principle: pair a trained volunteer with an athlete and let them discover together how much they can do. Programs are all open and unstructured, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful.

KEEN San Francisco is currently operating six year-round programs: Kids Sports, Young Adult Sports, Basketball, KEENquatics, Yoga, & KEEN Sports MARIN. We also hold three, week-long Sailing programs in the Summer. 

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KIDS SPORTS 

YOUNG ADULT SPORTS 
This program meets on Sundays twice a month at the Embarcadero YMCA.

During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. They have a group warm up, and then move to individual activities which are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete. They may throw a basketball or kick a soccer ball. Many love to bounce on 36” balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat wheeled scooter. A group may form for Duck, Duck, Goose.

The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle (although some athletes still need to run around its periphery, and that’s okay) and sharing with the group what they did that day “that made them very Proud.” They literally go out dancing: the Hokey Pokey for the younger kids and the Macarena for the teens. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time.

 

KIDS SPORTS (1:45 PM - 2:45 PM)
Athletes 5 - 12

YOUNG ADULT SPORTS (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Athletes 13 - 21

 

LOCATION:
Embarcadero YMCA
169 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA
Directions to Embarcadero YMCA
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183
 



SPORTS & Yoga
All ages

This program meets at the San Francisco University High School gymnasium and is coached by SFUHS students. KEEN Sports & Yoga brings the Yoga studio experience to the KEEN formula! KEEN Athletes and coaches will learn a foundation in yoga, learn to use their body in new ways, and develop strength and balance. Athletes are also welcome to participate in individual 1:1 KEEN Sports activities which are tailored to the needs of the athlete.

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

 

LOCATION:
SFUHS Gymnasium, 3185 Washington Street (between Lyon St and Baker St.)
San Francisco, CA
Directions to the SFUHS gymnasium
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183

 



KEENquatics (11:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
All ages

KEENquatics brings the KEEN formula to the swimming pool. A large variety of inflatable equipment makes even the most cautious athlete eager to get in the water and splash about. Swimmers who are able are encouraged to swim a lap or two.
 

LOCATION:
North Beach Pool
661 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA
Directions to the North Beach Pool
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183

 



BASKETBALL CLINIC (1:45 - 2:45 PM)
All ages

The Basketball Clinic is designed to offer our athletes the opportunity to gain further experience within a particular sport. During the Clinic, athletes and their coaches work on dribbling, ball handling, shooting, and passing drills. The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle and sharing with the group what they did that day “that made them very Proud.” Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time.
 

LOCATION:
Embarcadero YMCA
169 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA
Directions to Embarcadero YMCA
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183


 


 


KEEN Sports MARIN (1:00 - 2:30 PM)

All ages

 

This program meets on Saturdays once a month at the Marin Country Day School.


During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. They have a group warm up, and then move to individual activities which are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete. They may throw a basketball or kick a soccer ball. Many love to bounce on 36” balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat wheeled scooter. A group may form for Duck, Duck, Goose.

The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle (although some athletes still need to run around its periphery, and that’s okay) and sharing with the group what they did that day “that made them very Proud.” They literally go out dancing: the Hokey Pokey for the younger kids and the Macarena for the teens. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time.

 

LOCATION:
5221 Paradise Dr.

Corte Madera

CA 94925
Directions to Marin Country Day School
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183


 


 

 

Ice Skating: 2016/2017 Program presented by The Junior League of San Francisco

Taking place on select Fridays during the winter, KEEN San Francisco partners with The Oakland Ice Center to offer a learn-to-skate program which has been developed especially for athletes with special physical and developmental challenges. Funded through the generosity of The Junior League of San Francisco.
 
Emphasizing fun and safety, the Special Skater program helps to improve balance and coordination which promotes and "I can do it" attitude that carries over into other aspects of the participant's life. With the assistance of volunteers, skaters develop skills, make new friends, and experience a new found freedom and sense of accomplishment. 
Oakland Skating sessions meet on Friday afternoons from 5-5:45pm

 

LOCATION:
Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St, 
Oakland, CA 94612

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 415-999-7183