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

A Message from CEO Chris Garr: Pondering Things Utilitarian and Humanitarian

Dear Friends of Youth Challenge, I took a hike with Darwin, our festively plump Beagle, on this brisk morning. Needed to spend quiet time reflecting, with gratitude, on the beauty and serenity of nature. Living in close proximity to the Cleveland Metroparks in Berea, I am blessed with the ability to experience its wonder in […]

Topgolf Outing Highlights

It was an unusually warm fall night at Youth Challenge’s Topgolf Outing on Thursday, November 3. Around 300 people came together at Topgolf to take a swing and support Youth Challenge – and what a wonderful evening it was! In the end, a record-breaking more than $25,000 was raised to support YC, and fun was […]

YC Partner Sherwin-Williams Wins National Philanthropy Day Award

Sherwin-Williams was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Friday, November 4. Youth Challenge nominated the organization for its over 35 years of support. “Support from Sherwin-Williams has allowed YC to grow to serve more participants and teen volunteers,” Chris Garr, CEO […]

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

Special Events

Brats, Beer & Brackets

When: March 14, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

We can’t wait to celebrate another NCAA Basketball season! Save the date for this annual event for basketball-lovers! Tickets will be available in early 2023. Want to get notified when they’re on sale? Click here[…]

YC's Annual Benefit and Auction will be held at the Music Box Supper Club

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. Tickets will be available in early 2023. Want to get notified when they’re on sale? Click here to sign up[…]

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