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

Shoremen Soccer Players Team Up with Youth Challenge

On Thursday, June 28th, the Avon Lake High School Boys Soccer Team and participants and volunteers from Youth Challenge joined together to celebrate the Paralympics!

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.

Exciting changes at YC

At the beginning of next year, Mary Sue Tanis, the founder and current leader of Youth Challenge,…

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

Special Events

Reel Abilities Film Festival “The Rebound”

When: October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Youth Challenge will host “The Rebound: A Wheelchair Basketball Documentary” on October 18, 6:00—8:30 p.m. “The Rebound” is an award-winning documentary following the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their[…]

Adapted Ice Breaker

When: October 21, 2018 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Where: Thornton Ice Rink, Shaker Heights, 3301 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, USA

Youth Challenge and Shaker High School Hockey Team invite Shaker Youth Hockey players and families to the 4th annual “Adapted Ice Breaker.” Event admission is free for the whole family! 4:15-5:15 “Lace up!” with the[…]

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 (YP4YC) take on Staff and Board members in a bartending competition! Your tips will vote for the best bartender team! Bring cash–all tip proceeds benefit Youth Challenge programs.[…]

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