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

Participant Highlight: Finn Born-Crow

Finn Born-Crow is a Team YC soccer star! He is a versatile player in offense and defense positions. Since joining the Team YC soccer team last fall, Finn has grown in confidence and speed. Finn is an outgoing and fun-loving kid who has embraced every opportunity YC has had to offer. Last fall, he and […]

Alumni Highlight: Will Gallup

If you’ve been a part of the YC community during the last two decades, chances are, you know Will Gallup. He joined us in the summer of 1999 when he was just 13-years-old. Since then, Will has participated in just about everything YC has to offer. Currently, he is a member of the boccia team, […]

Alumni Highlight: Saphire and Sara Lead ADA Cleveland Advisory Board

YC alumni Saphire Murphy and Sara Steimle are leading the ADA Cleveland Advisory Board. ADA Cleveland, formed in August 2014, is a coalition of agencies and organizations that share in the mission to provide greater access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The Advisory Board is a group of individuals with disabilities who determine the […]

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Special Events

Hockey Ice Breaker Event Photo

Ice Breaker Hockey

When: October 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Thornton Park Ice Rink, Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights Recreation Department, 3301 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, USA

Skate with the Shaker Heights HS Hockey Team and try sled hockey! Saturday, October 15, 2022, 6-8 p.m. @ Thornton Park Rink RAFFLE PRIZE – 4 center ice tickets to Faceoff on the Lake NCAA Hockey: Ohio[…]

Topgolf Outing

When: November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Take a swing with Youth Challenge on November 3, 2022 at Topgolf! The YC golf outing has transformed into a Topgolf experience that’s fun for the most experienced golfer to the novice picking up a[…]

YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA

Save the date for YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction at Music Box Supper Club on April 22, 2023. Stay tuned for tickets and more details available in early 2023.

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