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

Where Will Color Take You? 5K and 1-Mile Walk & Roll Highlights

Youth Challenge enjoyed its largest fundraising race ever, thanks to a partnership with Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club. Over 1,000 people gathered at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for Where Will Color Take You? 5K and 1-Mile Walk & Roll on June 18. Attendees had three races to choose from:  a Kids’ Dash, a 5K and a 1-Mile Walk […]

Participant Spotlight: George Shepherd

As soon as George hit the ice, the rest was history. Last July, Youth Challenge and Gilmour Academy came together on the ice to launch Gilmour’s new adaptive hockey program. At this event was George, a bright-eyed seven-year-old who had not yet attended a Youth Challenge program. George immediately fell in love with YC – […]

Spring Program Highlight: Sled Hockey and Rock Climbing!

This spring, the Team YC was able to get back into two VAN-tastic sports that we haven’t been able to experience in two years! Sled Hockey In April, both our east and westside crews got back on the ice for a month of sled hockey. The eastsiders partnered up with the Gilmour Academy hockey team […]

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

Special Events

Topgolf Outing

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

Join us at Topgolf on November 3! Join us on November 3! For more than 30 years,  golfers have come together to support Youth Challenge. Skip the traditional summer outing and come enjoy a Topgolf[…]

Battle of the Bartenders @ Edgewater Beach House, Cleveland

When: August 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Edgewater Beach House, 7600 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA

The battle rages on! Join Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) for this fun bartending event at the Edgewater Beach House on Lake Erie. Team Board, Team Staff, and Team YP4YC will be competing for[…]

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