YC provides adapted sports and recreation programs to over 200 young people,
ages 3-18, with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, blindness/visual impairments, and others.


We offer more than 400 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

Inaugural Illuminating Hope award presented to YC

Thank you to Community West Foundation for choosing Youth Challenge as the recipient of the inaugural David and Martha Hessler Illuminating Hope Award.  Mary Sue Tanis, Founder & Director of Planned Giving, accepted a gift of $10,000 and an award depicting a miniature replica of the Homeless Jesus sculpture. William Oatey, Community West’s Chair of […]

31st Annual Golf Outing a Success!

Many thanks to the 104 golfers who supported the Youth Challenge 2019 Golf Outing on June 24 at Avon Oaks Country Club.  The event raised more than $25,000 that will directly help fund YC’s free, year-round adapted sports programs like basketball, swimming, Paralympic sports, and so much more. Thank you to the following individuals and […]

“Party in Paradise” raises funds for Youth Challenge

Cleveland isn’t known for its tropical climate in the spring, but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 13.  Close to 300 guests gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party in Paradise” and support YC. Guests decked out in leis and Hawaiian garb, […]

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

Special Events

Orangetheory Golf Outing to Benefit Youth Challenge

When: September 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Where: Mallard Creek Golf Club, 34500 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station, OH 44028, USA

Join Orangetheory for their first ever Charity Golf Outing. All proceeds from the outing will be donated directly to Youth Challenge to support programs for children and young adults with physical disabilities. Hosted by Orangetheory Downtown[…]

Race Day

When: September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA

Please join Youth Challenge for our 34th Annual Race Day Superhero Dash! 5K and 1M Fun Walk/Roll Saturday, September 21, 2019 in memory of Dave Hardman Proceeds benefit Youth Challenge Race time: 5K and 1M[…]

Battle of the Bartenders

When: November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Around the Corner, Lakewood, 18616 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA

Members of Young Professionals for Youth Challenge take on YC Board members and YC staff in a bartending competition! Your tips will vote for the best bartender team! Bring cash–all tip proceeds benefit Youth Challenge[…]

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