YC provides adapted sports and recreation programs to over 200 young people,
ages 3-18, with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, blindness/visual impairments, and others.


We offer more than 400 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

COVID-19 Update from Youth Challenge

Dear Friends, YC’s mission of bringing joy and laughter through sports and art will never change. While our brand of adaptive recreation is important, the health and well-being of our community is far more critical, and we proceed prudently by operating in the best interest of Team YC. We happily bring children from all corners […]

Have your donation matched when you give Dec. 8-14!

Youth Challenge has partnered with Ver-A-Fast By The Hand Foundation to participate in “FastScratch for Charity,” a virtual scratch-off game that provides donors the opportunity to “win” additional funds for Youth Challenge! This offer will only last for one week, starting Sunday, December 8th and running through Saturday, December 14th. Once you make a donation, […]

Vandalism can’t stop YC!

On Monday, November 18, we discovered that the catalytic converters had been stolen from five of our lift-equipped vans, leaving them undrivable. Without our vans, participants can’t get to YC programs. We had to cancel activities for most of the week, leaving many participants, volunteers, and staff members disappointed. Our disappointment soon disappeared when a […]

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

Special Events

Brats, Beer and Brackets – CANCELLED

When: March 18, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Youth Challenge, 800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, USA

Given the mandate put in place by the State of Ohio and cancellation of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the event has been cancelled. If you have already made your ticket purchase, there are a couple[…]

Annual Benefit & Auction, YC Rocks! | In-Person Event Cancelled, Virtual Event Held on TBD Date

When: April 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Youth Challenge’s Annual Benefit & Auction’s in-person event to be held April 4, 2020 has been cancelled.  The auction, fund a need, and raffle drawing portions of the event will take place during a Virtual Benefit[…]

Where Will Color Take You? 5K Race / 1-Mile Walk & Roll

When: June 20, 2020 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA

Join the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club in supporting Youth Challenge for Where Will Color Take You? The event will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The day will include plenty of[…]

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