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 the Annual Benefit & Auction

In no uncertain terms… the YC community ROCKS! We are incredibly grateful to all the folks who helped make the 2021 Annual Benefit & Auction a cymbal-smashing success! On May 15, 2021, YC held our second virtual Benefit, YC Rocks! Volume 2. From the home-delivered catering to the fast and furious silent auction bidding and […]

Youth Challenge: The Power of Inclusion

Lindsay O’Keefe, a Senior at Laurel School, has been volunteering for Youth Challenge since she was twelve years old. Lindsay is an avid filmmaker and plans to study Film & TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall. As part of her senior capstone at Laurel, Lindsay created a beautiful documentary film about […]

Preview: YC Rocks! Volume 2, Annual Benefit & Auction

YC will have yet another rockin’ good time on May 15, 2021 during the Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks! Volume 2! For one night only, YC will join with you online for an electrifying virtual benefit, including a fun livestream show, fund-a-need, $10,000 Cash Raffle, and exciting auction! There are lots of ways to […]

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

Special Events

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

When: June 19, 2021 @ 12:00 am – July 4, 2021 @ 9:01 am
Where: Virtual!

Join us for Where Will Color Take You? Virtual 5k Race + 1-Mile Walk & Roll from June 19 – July 4, 2021! REGISTER NOW! Youth Challenge is ecstatic to be partnering again with the[…]

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