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Leisure Education For Exceptional People (LEEP)

Who We Are

LEEP was started in 1978 by a group of parents who had children with disabilities. They were searching for some activities that fit the special needs of their children so they started a once a week bowling group. Since that time, LEEP has grown in number of consumers served and services offered. This growth continues today and is reflected in the wide scope of programs we offer. LEEP continues to collaborate with many people and agencies in our community who are committed to our vision and mission.
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What We Do

LEEP is a nonprofit organization that provides recreational and sporting opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in the greater Mankato area. One thing which is often lacking in the lives of people with disabilities is the opportunity for appropriate leisure and recreation. Recreation provides many benefits such as socialization, personal growth, a feeling of being valued and an overall enriched quality of life. By participating in recreational activities, a person learns new skills, increases self-esteem, relieves stress, becomes involved with the community and has fun. Recreation should be available for everyone of all abilities.

LEEP serves individuals with intellectual disabilities over the age of eight years, however the agency's largest population are adults. LEEP participants have some form of a mental disability and may have physical disabilities and/or mental illness. There are approximately 850 different individuals in the greater Mankato area who participate in LEEP programs throughout the year, many of whom participate on a weekly basis. Some of our programs include: Special Olympics, Night Activities, Special Events, Youth Programs, Classes, and Vacations.

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Contact Information

Address Information
929 North 4th Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30 pm
Contact: Cate DeBates
Contact Title: Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (507) 387-5122
Fax: (507) 387-1676
Email: outreach@mankatoleep.org

Located on the corner of 4th Street and Lafayette.

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