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Participants

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.

Programs

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.

Volunteers

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.

Resources

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

PREVIEW: Brats, Beer and Brackets is BACK!

Calling all basketball lovers, get ready to win big at Brats, Beer, and Brackets! This event, presented by Charles Schwab and hosted by Young Professionals for YC, will be held once again at Youth Challenge on March 14, 2023, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Auctioneer Bob Hale of Benefit Auction Services LLC and YC alumni […]

Alumni Highlight: Kindness Committee

Life as an adult with a disability can sometimes become lonely, but the alumni programs are a great outlet for many YC alumni to stay connected. Alumni staff members Sara Steimle, Gabby Bova and Sean Walker began sending out cards and care packages to those in the alumni community who may be going through a […]

From Teen Volunteer to Board President: Greer Gibbons

Greer Gibbons began her term as the first volunteer alumna Board President of Youth Challenge this January. Over the last 20 years, Greer has served in nearly every capacity at YC—as a teen volunteer, summer staff member, Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) member, trustee, and now as Board President! “Greer has grown up with […]

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 17, 2023 @ 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 17, 2023. We can’t wait to[…]

Brats, Beer & Brackets, presented by Charles Schwab

When: March 14, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

We can’t wait to celebrate another NCAA Basketball season! Save the date for this annual event for basketball-lovers! Tickets are on sale now! Click here to purchase. Join us at YC on March 14, 2023[…]

YC's Annual Benefit and Auction will be held at the Music Box Supper Club

Anchors Aweigh with YC, Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA

Save the date for YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction at Music Box Supper Club on April 22, 2023. Click here to purchase your tickets!  YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction is our largest fundraiser of the[…]

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