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 Highlights

YC just wrapped up another VAN-tastic summer! We loved hanging out with participants and volunteers of all ages and reconnecting with old friends while making new friends, too. YC Swim & Sports is a classic summer program, and we had an awesome group of participants and volunteers on both the East and West Sides. West […]

Third Annual Walleye Regatta a Success!

Lake Erie Grady White Club hosted a third annual walleye regatta for YC at the Huron Boat Basin on August 19. Thirteen captains and pros from Walleyes for Wounded Heroes, Pro Walleye, and Lake Erie Walleye Trail hosted YC participants, volunteers, and staff members on each of their boats. We are so grateful to these […]

Shining Light Scholarship Winner: Sean Wilson

Volunteers make up half of our mission at Youth Challenge. They are the heart and soul of YC, and we would not have such a positive impact without them! Shining Light, started by Dan & Lisa Puthoff, is an organization that supports missions like YC’s, and for nine years now they have been awarding a […]

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Special Events

Brats, Beer & Brackets

When: March 19, 2024 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Join us at YC on March 19, 2024 for Brats, Beer & Brackets! We can’t wait to celebrate another NCAA Basketball season! Save the date for this annual event for basketball-lovers! Tickets will be on[…]

Take Flight with YC, Annual Benefit & Auction

When: April 27, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: The Aviator Event Center & Pub, 20920 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44135, USA

Save the date for YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction at the Aviator Event Center on April 27, 2024. Tickets will be on sale in early 2024.  YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction is our largest fundraiser[…]

Topgolf Outing

When: November 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Topgolf, Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131, USA

Take a swing with Youth Challenge on November 2, 2023 at Topgolf! CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR BAY The YC golf outing has transformed into a Topgolf experience that’s fun for the most experienced golfer to[…]

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