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

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 […]

Reconnecting with YC from Afar: Mariam Tadross

When COVID-19 caused YC to put a pause on in-person programming, it was disappointing for a lot of participants and volunteers. But for someone like Mariam Tadross, switching to virtual activities presented the perfect opportunity to re-connect with the YC Gang! Mariam, a 2018 graduate of St. Joseph Academy, has often referred to Youth Challenge […]

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Special Events

Topgolf Outing

When: November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Join us at Topgolf on November 5! For more than 30 years,  golfers have come together to support Youth Challenge at a traditional summer golf outing. In 2020, this traditional outing will transform into a[…]

Battle of the Bartenders on Wheels

When: October 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Deliver to Your House or Pick-Up at YC

While Youth Challenge can’t pack the bar and battle it out at Around the Corner this year, we’re excited to bring the food and drink to YOU! Battle of the Bartenders on Wheels, presented by Minotti’s[…]

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)[…]

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