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

Summer’s End Bash Highlight

  At the end of every summer, Team YC hosts a celebration for volunteers, participants, and families. This program allows everyone to come together one more time before the summer comes to a close. This year, the Summer’s End Bash was fire! It was a HOT one. But even the warm temperatures did not keep […]

Alumni Highlight: Alex Martinez

Alex Martinez is a star on and off the stage at Youth Challenge. As an alumni participant for over 20 years, Alex is known for her passion for arts and for the theater. She has choreographed the YC holiday show this past year. She is also involved with local community theater group Near West Theater […]

Volunteer Committee Invests in YC Endowment

On a Tuesday evening in May, the Volunteer Committee, comprised of ambitious teens, gathers in the Resource Room at YC’s Westlake headquarters. They are working to figure out how to creatively and meaningfully support YC’s mission. Their recent focus was on ways to make fundraising efforts more effective. Across the lobby, the Philanthropy Committee, a […]

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

Special Events

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[…]

YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA

Save the date for YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction at Music Box Supper Club on April 22, 2023. Stay tuned for tickets and more details available in early 2023.

NOTICE: Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from this website and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. You can opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting by visiting: https://optout.aboutads.info/.