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

Highlights from YC’s First Topgolf Outing

Transitioning to a new kind of golf outing is a perfect metaphor for 2020. What will work and what won’t? When can we hold an event? How can we hold an event? How can we have fun and be safe at the same time? How risky is fundraising? Who will be on board with a […]

Margaret Biehl: From shy participant to confident alumni leader

If it weren’t for her older brother volunteering at Youth Challenge, we would have never had the opportunity to get to know – and love – our dear friend Margaret Biehl. In 1997, Margaret became a YC participant at the young age of three. 23 years later, we’re happy Margaret is still around, and taking […]

PREVIEW: Battle of the Bartenders on Wheels!

Last November, three teams battled it out behind the bar at Around the Corner in Lakewood. Mixing cocktails, clinking beer glasses, and uncorking wine, YC staff, Board, and YP4YC bartenders fought for tips from 100+ guests in attendance. At the end of the evening, the YC staff emerged victorious, taking home the crushed beer can […]

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Special Events

Ryder Cup Raffle with Private Jet!

When: December 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

The golf experience of a lifetime! Purchase your tickets now for the chance to win this incredible travel experience to the Ryder Cup. The winner receives: 2021 Ryder Cup Deluxe Weekend Experience (Friday – Monday)[…]

YC Rocks! Volume 2: Annual Benefit & Auction

When: May 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Youth Challenge for a hybrid event celebrating our participants–the young people with physical disabilities, their teen volunteer partners, and you, our supporters. More details about our Annual Benefit & Auction coming soon!

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