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

“Party in Paradise” raises funds for Youth Challenge

Cleveland isn’t known for its tropical climate in the spring, but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 13.  Close to 300 guests gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party in Paradise” and support YC. Guests decked out in leis and Hawaiian garb, […]

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 […]

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

Special Events

Golf Outing

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

Registration 11:30AM; Shotgun Start 1:00PM Box Lunch All day beer and beverages / Post golf food, beer and wine Raffle / Prizes / Putting Contest Presenting Sponsors: First Federal Lakewood        Scott &[…]

Race Day

When: September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA

Please join Youth Challenge for our 34th Annual Race Day Superhero Dash! 5K and 1M Fun Walk/Roll Saturday, September 21, 2019 in memory of Dave Hardman   Proceeds benefit Youth Challenge Race time: 5K and[…]

Battle of the Bartenders

When: November 1, 2019 @ 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[…]

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