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

Have your donation matched when you give Dec. 8-14!

Youth Challenge has partnered with Ver-A-Fast By The Hand Foundation to participate in “FastScratch for Charity,” a virtual scratch-off game that provides donors the opportunity to “win” additional funds for Youth Challenge! This offer will only last for one week, starting Sunday, December 8th and running through Saturday, December 14th. Once you make a donation, […]

Vandalism can’t stop YC!

On Monday, November 18, we discovered that the catalytic converters had been stolen from five of our lift-equipped vans, leaving them undrivable. Without our vans, participants can’t get to YC programs. We had to cancel activities for most of the week, leaving many participants, volunteers, and staff members disappointed. Our disappointment soon disappeared when a […]

Youth Challenge receives $30,000 KidCents Regional Grant

The KidsCents Regional Grant program is awarding Youth Challenge (YC) with $30,000. The grant will help fund the free adapted sports and recreational programs that YC provides for young people with physical disabilities. “We are thankful to receive a KidCents Regional Grant,” said Chris Garr, CEO. “The Rite Aid Foundation’s support helps us to continue […]

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

Special Events

Brats, Beer and Brackets

When: March 18, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) presents a Calcutta Style Auction for the NCAA March Madness Tournament… Tickets are on sale now. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS. Ages 21+ Tickets $30 in advance, or you[…]

Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks!

When: April 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Join Youth Challenge for our Annual Benefit & Auction – YC Rocks! – on April 4, 2020 at the Ariel International Center. We look forward to a rock & rolling great time! This signature event[…]

Where Will Color Take You? 5K Race / 1-Mile Walk & Roll

When: June 20, 2020 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA

Join the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club in supporting Youth Challenge for Where Will Color Take You? The event will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The day will include plenty of[…]

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