YC provides adapted sports and recreation programs to over 200 young people,
ages 3-18, with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, blindness/visual impairments, and others.


We offer more than 400 free, year-round activities throughout Northeast Ohio. All programs are carefully adapted to meet the special needs of each child and are created to safely challenge appropriate age and skill levels.


YC receives help from 450+ teen volunteers, ages 12-18, who are trained seasonally by professionals to assist and engage with their peers who have physical disabilities.


You can find links to local and national organizations that provide services for people with physical disabilities.

Youth Challenge brings together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities.

Latest News

Youth Challenge Hosts Wheelchair Basketball Documentary

A different kind of film festival has come to Cleveland!  ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Cleveland will proudly host four film screenings and programs this fall.  All film screenings and programs are […]

Superheroes invade Lakewood Park

Superhero capes were blowing the breeze last weekend when a mass of caped crusaders raced around the streets of Lakewood. Over 200 runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs and hand cycles) and volunteers helped raise funds for children with physical disabilities in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash.  The 33rd Annual Race Day took place […]

30th Annual Golf Outing a Success!

Many thanks to the 114 golfers who supported the Youth Challenge 2018 Golf Outing on June 25 at Avon Oaks Country Club. The event raised more than $25,000 that will directly help fund YC’s free, year-round adapted sports programs like basketball, swimming, Paralympic sports, and so much more. Thank you to the following individuals and […]

Only with your Annual Fund Gift can young lives be changed in extraordinary ways.

Special Events

Battle of the Bartenders

When: November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Around the Corner, Lakewood, 18616 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA

Members of Young Professionals for Youth Challenge take on YC Board members and YC staff in a bartending competition! Your tips will vote for the best bartender team! Bring cash–all tip proceeds benefit Youth Challenge[…]

Brats, Beer and Brackets

When: March 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Food, drinks and a Calcutta Style Auction for the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Bidding for teams takes place in a live auction event. Unlike traditional office pools, where there are only a handful of winners,[…]

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