Why Your Annual Fund Gift Matters

Dear Friends of Youth Challenge,

Thank you for supporting YC! I hope you consider giving to the 2022 Annual Fund; here’s why:

Your contribution will make an impact on hundreds of young participants with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who play, compete, and have fun together through adapted sports, recreation, and social growth activities.

George  is one of these participants. George, age 7, loves sports. He has taken part in YC basketball, football, and sled hockey. George’s Dad, Matt, says “Youth Challenge has given our son who loves sports more than anything a chance to compete like every other kid his age. He has also learned that he is part of a larger community of children with physical challenges just like him. All of the athletes at Youth Challenge events have great things to offer the community if given a chance, and Youth Challenge helps to give athletes like George an opportunity to show the community what they can do.”

George also loves to play boccia, the adaptive form of bocce. He recently competed with Team YC Boccia for the first time at the 2022 Great Lakes Games. George has now set his sights on someday playing on the U.S. National Boccia Team and going to the Paralympics! Matt explained how George has transformed through his participation at YC, “I have never been prouder of him than the way he was able to direct me during boccia matches at the tournament in Chicago.  He was growing up right before my eyes. He has gained in confidence and has become more outgoing!”

From team sports and outdoor recreation to art and wellness programs, Youth Challenge offers something for everyone. Here’s a snapshot of what your support of the Annual Fund helps to provide:

  • Year-round adaptive recreational and team sports for young people with physical disabilities
  • Creative arts activities, including a dance & drama program
  • A training program for a strong and active corps of hundreds of compassionate teen volunteers
  • Activities promoting independence and wellness for young adults with physical disabilities
  • Opportunities for advocacy among YC alums working to advance disability rights and awareness
  • Free, accessible transportation to and from programs for all participants with physical disabilities

Youth Challenge is able to offer a wide expanse of programming free of charge because your donations make it happen!

Your kind and generous contribution to our Annual Fund allows us to engage hundreds more exceptional participants like George! Please join many others in our community by making your gift to the 2022 Annual Fund.

With most sincere gratitude,

Mackenzie Vecchio
Director of Program Services


Click here to make a secure online donation. Your donation will be matched December 27 – 31 by our Board, up to $30,000!

While you’re there, you can also make your gift monthly. If you have any questions or would like to make your gift via phone, please call Carolyn Palmer at 440-892-1001 x13.