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Friday, May 15: KEEN Greater DC Club Athletes and Bullis School Students Celebrate Annual Prom, Virtually
Bethesda-based KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore provides sports and recreational activities to children, teens, and young adults with significant developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to the athlete (participant) or their family.
On Friday, May 15th, KEEN athletes along with their KEEN Club volunteers from Potomac, MD’s Bullis School, will celebrate the 5th annual Prom, KEEN Galaxy, virtually. Bullis School KEEN Club Chairs, students Charlotte Helmig and Zach Senders are available for an interview to speak about the importance of this event for the KEEN athletes.
Social distancing is hard for all and can be especially difficult on the young people with special needs, their caregivers and parents. Helmig and Senders decided Prom needed to happen for these KEEN teens and young adults.
- The Promposal: The prom excitement begins Thursday, May 14 when Promposals will occur. Observing social distancing protocol, each Bullis student volunteer will drive to a KEEN athlete’s home with their Promposal message on a poster board, corsage or boutonniere (donated by local floral company DaVinci Floral and Décor) for each KEEN athlete. Wearing a mask, the student volunteer will deliver, along with wipes the proposal poster and flower.
- Virtual Prom: On Friday evening, May 15, at 7 pm, DJ Aaron Anderson of A Squad Entertainment will shake up the night so each KEEN athlete can enjoy the virtual prom via Zoom! Together the KEEN athletes and their student volunteers will celebrate prom together.
We will have video and photos to share and hope you will be interested in speaking with Charlotte, Zach and a KEEN athlete.
On Behalf of the KEEN Greater DC
About KEEN Greater DC:
KEEN Greater DC’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches. From five children in a local gym in 1992, KEEN has grown to now serve more than 550 young people with disabilities in the DC area through 37 programs and 64 monthly sessions including swimming, gym-based sports, fitness, bowling, tennis, and music. Each month, KEEN Greater DC matches a trained volunteer coach one-to-one with an athlete, enabling every child – especially those with significant disabilities – to play, exercise, socialize, and to be part of a team in their community. www.KEENGreaterDC.org