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“A KEEN parent once told me that the time I spend with his child is a gift to his child, but the truth is I am the one getting a gift!” – KEEN coach

 



KEEN Volunteer with young athleteIn addition to working with some great kids and young adults with disabilities, KEEN volunteers, or “coaches,” meet a variety of interesting community-minded people. Volunteering for KEEN is fun and offers opportunities for occasional participation, regular involvement, and leadership. Volunteers don't need any prior experience working with disabled individuals – KEEN provides training prior to each session. Coaches don't need to be athletic, either. Our athletes will love you just as you are!
 

KEEN’s programs are structured so that each volunteer is assigned one program participant, or “athlete.” A coach’s job is to help athletes take part in different sports activities and to have a good time. Just before the athletes arrive and the session begins, coaches receive a profile with details about their athlete’s abilities as well as helpful coaching hints for that particular athlete.
 

In addition to coaching individual athletes, KEEN volunteers have the opportunity to become a member of our Coaches Committee. This group plans and directs all KEEN activities, and provides a rewarding opportunity for leadership within KEEN.


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KEEN New York Coaches Committee member and author Steve Ettinger talks about the joys of volunteering with KEEN Athletes in this month's issue of The Training Edge, a magazine published for Fitness Professionals by NASM, The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Read the article here.



 


British Cyclist Christopher Day Completes Trans-USA Bicycle R ide to support KEEN Oxford.



On March 6th, Christopher Day, uncle of a 12 year old KEEN Oxford athlete, began an amazing trek across the USA. He arrived at JFK airport a few days earlier, and met KEEN New York's Executive Director, Maggie Harrison. He then departed for his launch city, San Diego, California, where he purchased the bicycle he named "Old Bessie," which would be his constant companion for the next 79 days and 3323.9 miles.

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Miss Maryland USA 2010 - A KEEN Volunteer!

KEEN Volunteer Simone Feldman won the title of Miss Maryland USA 2010, with KEEN as her platform, and the hope of focusing on kids with disabilities as her cause! Congratulations, Simone, and thank you for your service. You prove that "Volunteers are the Heart of KEEN."

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Volunteer opportunities, check with your local Affiliate.