Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Stop is ahead of Cleveland debut challenge at Baldwin Wallace University.
AMP1, a team of stand-up (non-wheelchair) amputee basketball players, are heading to Cleveland for some inspiring hoops and will be making a stop in Westlake for a clinic April 24. The clinic is part of an all-day affair surrounding the team’s 2013 AMP1 (www.amp1basketball.com) Basketball Challenge: “Nothin’ But Net! Hoopin’ It Up For Disability Awareness” at Baldwin Wallace University (BW) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be a whole day of activities surrounding the basketball game starting at 10 a.m. with practice at BW followed by an assembly at St. Angela’s School in Fairview Park and then a Youth Challenge at The Gathering Place – West (800 Sharon Dr.) in Westlake. With the help of high-tech prosthetics, the AMP1 team has overcome …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Youth Challenge members get to play football game with Browns players
Even if the Cleveland Browns weren't on a three-game winning streak, they would have gotten a warm welcome at Youth Challenge on Tuesday. About 26 members of the organization, which provides sports and recreation opportunities for disabled youth, got to play football with real professional football players. Browns players Johnson Bademosi, Jordan Cameron, Jordan Norwood, Owen Marecic, Craig Robertson and Jabaal Sheard played adaptive football with the members, and 21 of their volunteer buddies, in the Youth Challenge gym. Check out the slideshow for photos of the fun. Were you there? Click the "Upload photos and video" button to share your pictures. The event was part of the Browns' efforts in the National Football League's Play 60 program…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Smart Business threw a party for the organization that provides sports and recreation opportunities to children with disabilities
Talk about a good neighbor. Westlake-based Smart Business threw a Halloween party for its Sharon Drive neighbor, Youth Challenge. Youth Challenge provids opportunities for disabled children to get involved in sports and recreation. Smart Business provided decorations and treats, including pizza. Almost 40 Youth Challenge members, along with volunteers and family members, were on hand. There were games, crafts, dancing, pumpkin decorations and a costume contest. Were you at the party? Share your photos here! Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" to get started.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Race at Hyland Software is a benefit for Youth Challenge, which helps children with disabilities be involved in sports
There were many reasons to celebrate at Saturday's Youth Challenge Race Days. The event is a major fundraiser for Westlake-based Youth Challenge, which helps disabled young people get into sports and recreation. The organization is hoping to raise about $10,000 from this year's race. Runners loved the cloudy and not-too-hot-yet weather. The race was held at Hyland Software. Were you at Youth Challenge Race Day? Share your photos here! Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button. Joshua Strzala of Parma was wrapping up a terrific week. He ran his first 100-mile race, the Burning River 100, last weekend. Friday, he got engaged to Melissa Forinash of Cleveland. And then he won the Youth Challenge 5K in a time of 17 minutes, 1 second. "I'…
Friday, August 3, 2012
300 runners expected for the 27th Annual Youth Challenge Race Day
A Westlake tradition continues Saturday morning as the 27th Annual Youth Challenge Race Day is held. The event is a major benefit for Youth Challenge, which helps disabled young people get into sports and other physical activities. Melissa Thurstone, community development manager for Youth Challenge, said that between registration fees and sponsorship, Race Day raises more than $10,000 for the organization each year. About 300 runners have signed up for the 5K road race, which gets underway at 9:15 a.m. Many Youth Challenge members, and teen volunteers, are expected to participate in the race and the 1-mile run-walk, which starts at 10 a.m. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. Race-day registration is $20, and $10 for those 18 and under…
Enjoy a full weekend of activities
Check out Drum Corps International in a performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Avon Lake High School's stadium. Tickets are $8. Find unique pieces by artists and artisans at the Lakewood Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Detroit Road in downtown Lakewood. Lace up your sneakers! The 27th annual Youth Challenge Race Day starts at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Hyland Software. There's a 5K run and a 1-mile run/walk. Find a wonderful new companion at Love-A-Stray's cat adoption event at PetSmart in North Olmsted. You've got just two more chances to enjoy the Summer Concert Series at the pavilion in Recreation Center Park. This week, zydeco jam band Mo' Mojo performs. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Monday, July 30, 2012
There's a lot to do in the area. Get out and enjoy it!
Looking for inexpensive tech equipment? Westlake Porter Library is holding a surplus sale starting at 9 a.m. Monday. Items available include laptops, desktop computers, screens, keyboards, and printer/copiers. All sales are as-is and final. The Lake Erie Crushers wrap up a homestand early this week with games Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon. Tickets start at $6. Head over to Lakewood on Saturday for the Lakewood Arts Festival, a juried art show, starting at 10 a.m. If your idea of Saturday morning fun is a nice run or walk, sign up for the 27th annual Youth Challenge Race Day, which will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Hyland Software. The event, which features a 5K run and a one-mile …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Organization does get $1,000
Youth Challenge is not getting a new accessible minivan. The Westlake organization was one of five finalists in Sunday's voting in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good campaign. The top vote-getter each day would win a Toyota of its choice. Sunday's winner was the Humane Society of Fargo-Moorehead. It will get a Toyota Sienna minivan. Youth Challenge was hoping to win a Toyota Sienna Mobility, equipped with wheelchair access. Instead, as a runner-up, the organization gets a $1,000 grant.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Local organization has a chance to win wheelchair-accessible minivan
Youth Challenge is one of 100 finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good contest, and you can help it win a big prize. What kind of big prize? Read this next sentence in "game show host voice": A neeeeeewww car! Youth Challenge was one of more than 4,000 organizations vying for a finalist spot. Here's how it works: Youth Challenge will be one of five finalists profiled on the 100 Cars for Good Facebook page on Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time. Voters are asked to choose which organization would benefit most from a new Toyota. The top vote-getter gets a new Toyota vehicle. The runners-up get $1,000 grants. Youth Challenge is hoping to win a Toyota Sienna Mobility, equipped with wheelchair access. Mary Sue Tanis, …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Toyota's giving away 100 cars to charities next month and Youth Challenge hopes to win.
From time to time we search for local videos on YouTube. This video from the Youth Challenge Sports channel promotes its participation in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good program. Toyota is giving away 100 cars to charities next month and Youth Challenge wants to win one of them. Oh, and make sure to "like" Youth Challenge on Facebook to hear more about the contest as it gets closer.