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

Janie Rapp: Finding Her Way Back to YC

Jane Rapp, an alumna of Youth Challenge, was and continues to be a bright spot in what was an eventful year for Youth Challenge. Jane, or as some people call her Janie, is a 24-year-old young woman living with Cerebral Palsy. A Cleveland Heights native, Janie attended Beaumont School and went on to study Psychology […]

All The Small Things

A note from YC’s CEO, Chris Garr: I heard the Blink 182 song “All the Small Things” on the radio a few days ago. Generally, a song like that makes my car go faster, but not this time. I, Chris Garr, started to slow down. I actually paid attention to the lyrics and it made […]

2020 Virtual Holiday Show

For decades, the Youth Challenge family has gathered in December for the annual Holiday Show to close out the program year. Participants and volunteers would spend 9 weeks in our Dance & Drama program writing, choreographing, directing, and producing original skits for their adoring fans. All of this hard work culminated in an onstage performance […]

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

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, 2020. This event will be hybrid with options to experience to event at[…]

Chase the Flavor Donations-Based Class with Sweet Brie Co.

When: February 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Online Event

Since we are all living in a different world right now and spending more time at home than we may like, why not cook together, learn something new and share a meal with each other?[…]

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