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: Brats, Beer & Brackets VIRTUAL!

March 2020 was disappointing for lots of reasons. At YC, one of a series of bummers was having to cancel Brats, Beer & Brackets – one of our favorite events of year! And while things aren’t quite back to normal, we’re so excited that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is BACK and so is Brats, […]

YC Alumni Programming

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place. ~ Jane Goodall Ode to YC Alums, by Alumni Engagement Manager Lisa Friel: Last fall, I had the privilege of facilitating a Team Building Leadership Retreat with the Alumni Community Team Executive Committee.  Guided by the principles […]

YELP: Youth Empowerment & Leadership Program and Peer Support

  Read below from YC’s Jesuit Volunteer Program Coordinator, Brittany D’Souza about YELP and all the wonderful programming happening at YC! YELP, Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program and Peer Support is one of Youth Challenge’s most attended programs. This program is a type of peer support for both volunteers and participants aged 16 to 25. […]

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Special Events

YC Rocks! Volume 2: Annual Benefit & Auction

When: May 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us May 15! We are looking forward to Youth Challenge’s Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks! Volume 2 on Saturday, May 15, 2021. This event will be hybrid with options to experience to event[…]

Brats, Beer & Brackets Virtual

When: March 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Online

Join us online on March 16! March Madness is BACK and so is Brats, Beer, & Brackets! Join us for a online Zoom auction of NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament teams on March 16 at 7 pm.[…]

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