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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

Preview: Battle of the Bartenders at Edgewater Beach House

The battle rages on! Join Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) for Battle of the Bartenders on August 20, 2021 from 5 – 8 pm at the Edgewater Beach House on Lake Erie. During this fun bartending event, Team Board, Team Staff, and Team YP4YC will be competing for your tips once again. In the […]

ADA Cleveland: Advocacy & the Call for Access

Youth Challenge is proud to be a member of ADA Cleveland, a coalition of disability-related organizations that seek to celebrate the ongoing legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA Cleveland leads in ensuring access, increasing awareness, promoting independence, and providing opportunity. They engage our community as advocates for positive change. In 2020, ADA Cleveland […]

Board Highlight: Dr. Chris Hardesty

Dr. Chris Hardesty has been a member of YC’s Board of Trustees for six years and began serving as President in January 2021. When she’s not tearing it up in the Boardroom (or on the Board Zoom), Chris can be found in the operating room at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she serves […]

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

Special Events

Topgolf Outing

When: November 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Join us at Topgolf on November 4! Save the date for this fun twist on a traditional golf outing. This event has something for everyone – golf-lovers or not. Tickets will be available sometime in[…]

Food Truck Friday

When: September 17, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Join YC for a fun Food Truck Friday! Stop by YC’s parking lot Friday, September 17 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for a delicious food truck experience to support Youth Challenge. Cocky’s Bagels Food[…]

Battle of the Bartenders @ Edgewater Beach House, Cleveland

When: August 20, 2021 @ 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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