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

Volunteer Highlight: Harsha and Ashwin

Harsha and Ashwin, recent graduates of Upper Hawken School, have always been leaders for other teen volunteers on the East Side. In fact, Harsha recruited Ashwin and his other friends to volunteer at YC. They were regulars at Sports & Swim last summer and even marched together at the March for Access in Cleveland, advocating […]

Baseball Showdown Highlights

The YC community gathered at Clague Park on May 24 for YC’s first-ever Baseball Showdown! The event was the culmination of three weeks of practice for the participants and volunteers. It was a beautiful spring afternoon with the fence decked out with balloons to cheer on the Bubble Gum Banana Splits and Red Running Rabbits. […]

Winter Spring 2023 Highlights

What an exciting last couple of months we had at YC! Winter/Spring is our longest and most diverse season of programming. In April, we had four weeks of Sled Hockey on both sides of town. Mondays and Tuesdays were spent on the ice at Gilmour Academy and North Olmsted Recreation Center, learning the basics of […]

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Special Events

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

When: June 17, 2023 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA

Join the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club in supporting Youth Challenge at Where Will Color Take You?, a 5k race and 1-mile walk & roll at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on June 17, 2023. We can’t wait to[…]

Battle of the Bartenders @ Edgewater Beach House, Cleveland

When: July 28, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Edgewater Beach House, 7600 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA

The battle rages on! Join Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) for this fun bartending event at the Edgewater Beach House on Lake Erie. Team Board, Team Staff, and Team YP4YC will be competing for[…]

YC's Annual Benefit and Auction will be held at the Music Box Supper Club

Anchors Aweigh with YC, 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. Click here to purchase your tickets!  YC’s Annual Benefit & Auction is our largest fundraiser of the[…]

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