fbpx %


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

Board Highlight: Charlie Koch

Sometimes, it is simply a casual conversation that can cause a major shift in one’s personal direction and involvement.  As a young financial professional in the early 1980’s, Charlie had such a conversation with then Youth Challenge (YC) Board member, Jim Wooley.  Discussing the organization with Jim, Charlie learned that YC provided sports to children […]

Team YC goes to NATIONALS!

Written by Sara Steimle On Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 members of Team YC’s Boccia Team, Sean Walker and Sara Steimle, headed to Gardner, Kansas along with YC Staff Chris Garr and Abbie Hair to compete in the National Tournament! They were cheered out of YC’s parking lot by some of the YC Staff. Sean’s mom […]

PREVIEW: YC’s Topgolf Outing is November 4!

Join us on Thursday, November 4 for a golf outing for everyone! Enjoy a night out with your friends, family, or coworkers at Youth Challenge’s Topgolf Outing from 6 to 9 pm at Topgolf Independence. For more than 30 years, golfers have come together to support Youth Challenge. In 2020, our traditional summer outing transformed […]

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[…]

Five Guys Community Fundraiser

When: November 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Five Guys, 3100 Westgate, Rocky River, OH 44116, USA

Grab some delicious Five Guys burgers and fries at Westgate Mall (3100 Westgate, Fairview Park) and present this flyer or mention YC. When you do, up to 25% of your purchase will be donated to[…]

Subscribe to our newsletter

NOTICE: Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from this website and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. You can opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting by visiting: https://optout.aboutads.info/.