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

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 […]

Orangetheory Fitness teams with YC

It was an unusual half time during our football program recently when our friends from Orangetheory Fitness stopped by with a generous gift for YC.  Kurt Altenburger, co-owner with his wife, Stephanie, of five area studios, and Allison Westmeyer, Marketing Manager, presented Chris Garr with a check for $8,021!  The donation came from the first […]

Superhero Dash a Wrap

A hot and steamy end of summer day didn’t stop close to 200 runners, walkers, and rollers from racing through the streets of Lakewood at the Superhero Dash on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The 34th Annual Race Day was dedicated in memory of Dave Hardman, former President of the Youth Challenge Board of Trustees. Runners along with […]

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… Registration coming soon Ages 21+ Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door (includes food and drink)[…]

Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th St #201, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Save the Date!  Please join us on April 4, 2020, for the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction.  Details coming soon.

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