YC provides adapted sports and recreation programs to over 150 young people with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, blindness/visual impairments, and others.


We offer more than 300 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

Preview: YC Rocks! Volume 2, Annual Benefit & Auction

YC will have yet another rockin’ good time on May 15, 2021 during the Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks! Volume 2! For one night only, YC will join with you online for an electrifying virtual benefit, including a fun livestream show, fund-a-need, $10,000 Cash Raffle, and exciting auction! There are lots of ways to […]

What YC Means to Kate and her mom, Laura

When Kate Soder is at Youth Challenge, the room is electric with energy and smiles. Kate started coming to YC in 2019 as a Krazy Kamper and has been nothing but a ray of sunshine ever since. One of the many things we love about Kate is that she is always up for any activity […]

Brats, Beer & Brackets Highlights

On March 16, the competition was heating up! Not yet on the NCAA Basketball court, but on Zoom during Brats, Beer & Brackets! That evening, basketball fans and YC friends came together for a virtual version of our beloved NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament team auction. The event, typically held in YC’s gym, took place via […]

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

Special Events

YC Rocks! Volume 2: Annual Benefit & Auction

When: May 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us May 15! We are looking forward to Youth Challenge’s Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks! Volume 2 on Saturday, May 15, 2021. This event will be virtual with options to experience to event at home.[…]

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

When: June 19, 2021 @ 12:00 am – July 4, 2021 @ 9:01 am
Where: Virtual!

Join us for Where Will Color Take You? Virtual 5k Race + 1-Mile Walk & Roll from June 19 – July 4, 2021! REGISTER NOW! Youth Challenge is ecstatic to be partnering again with the[…]

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