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

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 […]

YC Takes Part in ADA Cleveland’s Call for Access

Just 30 years ago, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Since that day, July 26, 1990, the ADA has thrust the United States towards equal access and rights for people with disabilities in all areas of public life. Today, Youth Challenge is a member of […]

In Memory of Bruce Giberson

We are all incredibly saddened by the news that Bruce Giberson, a YC driver and so much more, passed away on July 25, 2020. Bruce was a driver for 8 years, but has been a part of our family for over 3 decades, volunteering countless hours at YC when his daughter, Grace, was a young […]

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Special Events

Topgolf Outing

When: November 5, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. In the event more bays become available, we will release them for purchase. To be added to our waiting list, please email Carolyn Palmer at Bay sponsorships are still available[…]

Pedal with Pete Northeast Ohio – Ride for Cerebral Palsy!

When: September 19, 2020 – October 4, 2020 all-day

An event for all ages and all abilities, all for Cerebral Palsy Research! The 2020 Pedal with Pete in Northeast Ohio event will be held between September 19th and October 4th. To keep Pedal with[…]

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 will[…]

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