Sports Festival Promotes Fitness for Children with Disabilities

KEEN Greater DC’s June 5 Sports Festival to feature United for DC soccer clinic. Fitness and fun for hundreds of DC-area families with special needs.

Joining in the nation’s effort to promote active lifestyles for all, KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) will host its annual Sports Festival on Sunday, June 5th from 11 am to 3 pm at Hadley’s Park in Potomac, MD. The festival will bring together families of more than 300 KEEN “athletes” from its programs in Washington, DC, Montgomery County and Fairfax County.

New at this year’s festival, coaches from United for DC will teach Major League Soccer skills. Families, volunteers and community leaders will also join in kick-ball, volleyball, an inflatable obstacle course, and many more recreational activities. The day concludes with a tug of war and the traditional KEEN “prouds” where athletes describe their proudest accomplishment of the day.

“Sports Festival highlights KEEN’s focus on activity and acceptance,” KEEN Executive Director Beata Okulska said. “Volunteers and athletes with disabilities play games and exercise together. They form friendships and bond by participating in fun activities.”

KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit that pairs volunteers one-to-one with children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities of any type or severity. KEEN’s more than 20 non-competitive recreational programs in the Greater DC area - including sports, soccer, basketball, swimming, bowling and singing – are provided at no cost to families.

Potomac Pizza, DrinkMore Water, Whole Foods and Carnival Day are among the generous contributors who will provide refreshments and activities for Sports Festival attendees.

For more information on KEEN Greater DC, the Sports Festival or local families who can talk about the importance of fitness for those with disabilities, email Beata Okulska, or visit http://www.