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 Receives $30,000 KidCents Regional Grant

Youth Challenge has been awarded a $30,000 KidCents Regional Grant to provide adapted sports and recreational programs for young people with physical disabilities. “We are thrilled to have the support of The Rite Aid Foundation,” said Chris Garr, Youth Challenge’s Chief Executive Officer. “It will help us provide a great variety of activities that empower […]

Youth Challenge Announces Leadership Transition

The Youth Challenge (YC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Garr as CEO, effective February 4, 2019.  Garr replaces Founder and Executive Director, Mary Sue Tanis, who is transitioning into a new role as Director of Planned Giving. The announcement follows an 18-month search conducted by the Youth Challenge […]

Every holiday celebrated at this year’s Holiday Show

Have you ever wondered how the North Pole celebrates the other holidays besides Christmas?  Well, Mrs. Clause is setting off firecrackers on the 4th of July, the Grinch is handing out tricks and treats for Halloween, and some lucky lads are visiting Santa’s workshop on St. Paddy’s Day.  That was the premise for this year’s […]

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

Special Events

Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th St #201, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

  Party in Paradise with Youth Challenge!  This annual gala is Youth Challenge’s largest fundraiser of the year.  Please join us for a fun, casual party, silent auction and raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at[…]

Win 7 nights in Maui or $5,000 Cash

When: April 13, 2018 all-day
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Your Choice!  Maui for 7 nights & $2,000 travel cash OR $5,000 Cash.  Limited to the 1st 300 entrants.  Drawing April 13th, 2019 at YC Annual Benefit @ Ariel International Center.  Winner need not be present. Maui for 7[…]

Golf Outing

When: June 24, 2019 all-day
Where: Avon Oaks Country Club, 32300 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011, USA


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