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 13th 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 has become a focus at the Westport Weston Family YMCA.  Since the creation of a competitive swim team for youths with special needs in January 2016, our team has grown to include many swimmers split between the Developmental and Competitive groups, and competed at the Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games for the third time this past June!

In addition to swimming, the Westport Weston Family YMCA added a basketball team to its program and a track and field team.  The basketball team competes at the Special Olympics Fall Holiday Classic every year and the track and field team competes alongside our swimmers at the Summer Games.

This past summer, the Westport Weston Family YMCA added a long distance track training program with the goal of participating in multiple 2k, 5k, 10k around the community throughout the year, and will also be adding a field hockey team starting in September 2018 that will compete at the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games for the first time in March 2019.

We are able to run these programs because of the generosity of friends and 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: