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

Fall 2021 Program Highlights

Fall of 2021 was jam-packed with all kinds of fun at YC! We began the season with outdoor programs in September and October. As the weather cooled down, we moved programs inside for more fun. The YC Gang was happy to be together in whatever capacity we could! The season started with a bang at […]

Why You Should Support the 2021 Annual Fund

A message from Jen Taggart, YC Alumna and Development Associate: I hope you will consider a gift to the Youth Challenge 2021 Annual Fund; here’s why: As a person living with cerebral palsy, Youth Challenge has given me a place to belong over the last 17 years. I have two older brothers who were very […]

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 […]

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

Special Events

Where Will Color Take You? 5K Race / 1-Mile Walk & Roll

When: June 18, 2022 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA

Join the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club in supporting Youth Challenge at Where Will Color Take You?, a 5k race and 1-mile walk & roll at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on June 18, 2022. We are so excited[…]

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

Tickets are now on sale for YC Rocks – Live! at the Cleveland Agora on March 26, 2022. Click here to purchase tickets. Join Youth Challenge for YC Rocks – Live! Annual Benefit & Auction,[…]

Brats, Beer & Brackets

When: March 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 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.

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