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Participants

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.

Programs

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.

Volunteers

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.

Resources

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

Board Highlight: Greer Gibbons

In 2000, Laurel Sweet, a YC staff member came and spoke to a classroom about volunteering at Youth Challenge. Sitting in that class was Greer Gibbons. Just a short time later, Greer attended her first YC program – fishing! There, she quickly realized that YC was not only an organization but a way of life. […]

Thank you, Volunteer Committee!

The volunteers at YC are some of the best around, but there’s a group of these young leaders who go above and beyond for our participants and mission.  Since 2009, YC’s Volunteer Committee (VC), comprised of high school-aged veteran volunteers with proven dedication to YC, has worked to plan and run their own programs for […]

Summer 2021 Highlights

The Summer of 2021 at Youth Challenge absolutely flew by with all the fun being had! Our participants, volunteers, and staff had a blast being back together in bigger groups enjoying Greater Cleveland’s wonderful Metroparks and outdoor scenery. YC offered a variety of programs, including some fan-favorites like Survivor Day, Sports & Swim, Trail Orienteering […]

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

Special Events

Topgolf Outing

When: November 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Join us at Topgolf on November 4! Join us on November 4! For more than 30 years,  golfers have come together to support Youth Challenge. In 2020, our traditional summer outing transformed into a Topgolf experience[…]

Adapted Ice Breaker

When: October 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Thornton Rink, 3301 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, USA

Youth Challenge participants and volunteers are joining Shaker Heights Varsity Hockey on the ice on October 16 for the 7th Annual Adapted Ice Breaker! Event admission is free for the whole family. We hope you’ll[…]

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