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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

Nuts and Bolts and Duct Tape and Zip Ties

“Nuts and Bolts and Duct Tape and Zip Ties” | A Message of Thanksgiving from CEO Chris Garr A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel discussion for a very unique engineering class at Cleveland State University. The course, Disability, Empathy, and Technology connects aspiring engineers to a more human side of their […]

Topgolf Outing Highlights

On November 4, 2021, nearly 350 people came together at Topgolf to take a swing and support Youth Challenge – and what a wonderful evening it was! In the end, more than $23,000 was raised to support YC, and fun was had by all. The second annual Topgolf Outing held by YC went off without […]

Team Sports Highlight: a Season of Comebacks

It’s been a Team YC takeover this fall! The 2021 fall calendar has been one filled with many programs, highlighted most notably by team sports. This can only mean two things—lots of practice and new Team YC shirts! Boccia, football, soccer, and sled hockey saw an energetic return to play thanks to all of the […]

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Special Events

YC Rocks – Live! Annual Benefit & Auction

When: March 26, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: The Cleveland Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave #101, Cleveland, OH 44103, USA

Save the date for YC Rocks – Live! at the Cleveland Agora on March 26, 2022. Tickets will be available in early 2022. Want to get notified when they’re on sale? Click here to sign up[…]

Brats, Beer & Brackets

When: March 15, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Save the date for this annual event for basketball-lovers! Tickets will be available in early 2022. Want to get notified when they’re on sale? Click here to sign up for our email list.

YC’s 2021 Holiday Show: The North Pole’s Got Talent!

When: December 18, 2021 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Near West Theatre, 6702 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA

We are ecstatic to be bringing back the YC Holiday Show you know and love at a BRAND NEW venue – Near West Theatre! Make sure to read below for important venue details. Youth Challenge[…]

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