Who are we?

Opportunity Knocks is an Illinois non-profit organization that serves young people who have developmental disabilities in the Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest communities through social, recreational and life skills programming.


What is a Warrior?

The people that we serve are warriors and it is our belief that their place in the community is both valuable and essential. Perseverance and strength through challenge brought us to endearingly dub our program participants as Warriors.

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After Opps

After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities. Opportunity Knocks holds 4 After Opps program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week session and one following 4-week session per season. Opportunity Knocks aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs.

Life Shop

Presently, The Life Shop is limited to serving 10 participants. In the near future, we hope to expand the program to be able to serve more individuals. The Life Shop strives to maximize opportunities for the older than 22 adult with developmental disabilities. The program is focused on the Warrior in three phases: health & wellness, improving life skills and community integration.

Morning Opps

Morning Opps is a new Opportunity Knock’s program, launched in 2012, providing activities for the students in Oak Park River Forest High School’s TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) classrooms. Morning Opps is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

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The 2015 Shumparound Basketball Camp

Warriors warmed up, participated in some drills then scrimmaged in this year’s Shumparound basketball camp with OPRF High School alum and Cleveland Cavalier’s Iman Shumpert! The Shumparound ended with food and a great Q&A. Thank you to Iman and all of... read more

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Walk to Run welcomed newcomer and fellow Warrior Eliza to the club last week. Fitness is a breeze and way more fun with friends so join the crew every Thursday at 5:45pm at the River Forest Community Center! #nonprofit #recreation #fitness #lifeskills #walk #run #roll #friends #squad ...

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Ruben TorresThis activity looks cool! I should try it out some time with the participants.

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Advance Global Staffing, LLCwho else loves it ?

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Jeni PierceThose girls are FAST!!!!!!

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Jarvis 'J-Money' Announces OKC9 Team
Jarvis 'J-Money' Hart announces which team he will be playing for at this year's OK Classic Softball Tournament and is interviewed by Michael Carmody on what influenced his decision.

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Therese Cozzi BurkleUm who is this TheresA you speak of? I know I give you advice Jarvis Hart but my name is THERESE. . . Hmmmmmmmm

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Ellen GoldrickJarvis, I'm sad that you didn't consider OPPKnockers as a more serious option, but I respect your decision. I'm also hoping it has nothing to do with allegiances to a certain Chicago baseball team! (GO CUBS!)

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Maura McShaneI love this! What a great idea! Go Jarvis! ❤️

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The Warriors watched caterpillars grow into butterflies the first session that the Bugs Life program was offered. This time around the Bug's Life 2 group observed and examined the first meal worm to complete full metamorphosis into a beetle! #nonprofit #recreation #hobbies #interests #bugslife #metamorphosis ...

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The Dis-kabob-ulated Cooking program has been grilling up some tasty kabobs this first summer session. This past Friday the group prepared and served a masterful arrangement of seasoned veggies at our weekly family dinner! #nonprofit #recreation #lifeskills #cooking #grilling #veggies #summer ...

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The Warriors have been having a great time in the Write Like Dr. Seuss program in After Opps. Here they are reading aloud and watching different versions of Green Eggs and Ham then lyrically flexing in a Dr. Seuss-esque rhyming game. #nonprofit #recreation #lifeskills #drseuss #greeneggsandham #word #rhymes ...

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Ruben TorresWhat a joy to read a book to the participants! Hopefully they will enjoy it a lot.

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Team Registration for the 9th Annual OK Classic Softball Tournament opens up in an hour, at 7pm tonight! Don't miss out! www.theokclassic.com #nonprofit #charitysoftballtournament #softball #forestpark ...

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