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

Volunteer Highlight: Ethan Spies, Eagle Scout

Ethan Spies, a junior at Rocky River High School, completed an Eagle Scout project to benefit Youth Challenge. Together with his Boy Scout troop (Troop 421, based in Fairview Park), he worked to build easels for art programs, birdhouses for the courtyard and the front of the building, and trophies to use for competitive programs […]

PREVIEW: Where will Color Take YOU on June 18?

Youth Challenge Race Day is BACK in-person this year on Saturday, June 18! Our friends at Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club are hosting Where Will Color Take You? 5K-Run and 1-Mile Walk & Roll at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. That’s right—join us as we run, walk and roll past all the fun animals and wildlife! What can […]

From Athlete to Artist: YC Alumna Bre Sprenger

Trying new things can be intimidating for a young person, but YC provides a comfortable space for everyone to express themselves and find their passions. Whether that’s joining an adapted sports team for the first time or testing out your singing chops, YC is a safe space for participants and volunteers to get outside their […]

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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[…]

Topgolf Outing

When: November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Join us at Topgolf on November 3! Join us on November 3! For more than 30 years,  golfers have come together to support Youth Challenge. Skip the traditional summer outing and come enjoy a Topgolf[…]

Battle of the Bartenders @ Edgewater Beach House, Cleveland

When: August 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Edgewater Beach House, 7600 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA

The battle rages on! Join Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) for this fun bartending event at the Edgewater Beach House on Lake Erie. Team Board, Team Staff, and Team YP4YC will be competing for[…]

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