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

Inside the Dynamic World of YC: A Week Beyond the Ordinary

  The only thing typical about a week at YC is that it is never typical. The scope of services far surpasses a run-of-the-mill recreation menu. It’s cliché to say that we all wear a lot of hats, but there is both monumental truth and profound pride in that statement. We embrace the roles that […]

A Message from CEO Chris Garr: Free to Be YC

Friends of YC, About two weeks ago, on November 14, a motley crew of YC alumni gathered in the gym for a Friendsgiving potluck feast featuring a whole flock of rotisserie chickens, a few eclectic varieties of mac and cheese, fruit and veg trays from a multitude of local grocers, and some delicious homemade pumpkin […]

Sean and Chris Train with Boccia National Team

Sean Walker and Chris Garr were invited to the Toyota Emerging Athletes Camp with Boccia United States after Sean’s impressive showing in the semifinals at USA Boccia Nationals this past August. Sean and Chris traveled to the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama for this two-day camp on October 26-27. Sean and Chris trained for two […]

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Special Events

Brats, Beer & Brackets

When: March 19, 2024 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Join us at YC on March 19, 2024 for Brats, Beer & Brackets! We can’t wait to celebrate another NCAA Basketball season! Save the date for this annual event for basketball-lovers! Tickets will be on[…]

Take Flight with YC, Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 27, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: The Aviator Event Center & Pub, 20920 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44135, USA

Save the date for YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction at the Aviator Event Center on April 27, 2024. Tickets will be on sale in early 2024.  YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction is our largest fundraiser[…]

Topgolf Outing

When: November 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Take a swing with Youth Challenge on November 2, 2023 at Topgolf! Bays are sold out for this event. If you’d like to attend, non-golfing guests tickets can be purchased for $50 each. Can’t make[…]

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