In many ways, Chloe Kiev is the reason we have a competitive program for people with special needs at the YMCA. For her 10th birthday, instead of gifts, Chloe asked for donations to the Special Olympics, specifically to start programs at the YMCA.

This year, Chloe is asking for the same: instead of gifts for her 11th birthday, she’s asking that people make a gift to the YMCA for the specific purpose of offering more programs to more youth with special needs.

Special Needs programming is an emerging focus at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. In January 2016, we created a competitive swim team for youths with special needs. In June 2016, our team competed at the Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games

This fall we will be adding a basketball  team, and we’re hoping to add a Track and Field team this coming spring.

So far, we have been able to run these programs entirely through the generosity of community members who see the value in making sure every child has access to these youth development programs regardless of their physical, intellectual, and financial abilities.

You can help us by making a gift in honor of Chloe’s birthday: