Youth Challenge Receives Paralympic Sports Grant

Youth Challenge Director of Program Services, Chris Garr, helps participant Mickey Kimble of Rocky River get ready for a handcycle ride in the Metroparks.  Assisting are volunteers Gaby Bova of Avon Lake and Katie Kimble of Rocky River.

Youth Challenge Director of Program Services, Chris Garr, helps participant Mickey Kimble of Rocky River get ready for a handcycle ride in the Metroparks. Assisting are volunteers Gaby Bova of Avon Lake and Katie Kimble of Rocky River.

Youth Challenge participants and volunteers are going to be better equipped to participate in Paralympic Sports like archery and handcycling thanks to a grant from Northern Ohio Golf Charities.

The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, and its partner, Northern Ohio Golf Charities, have named Youth Challenge as a recipient of 2014 tournament funds.  Northern Ohio Golf Charities donates proceeds from Bridgestone Invitational ticket sales to various local charities; this year, $1.2 million was dispersed from the 2014 tournament, with $928,071 going to 43 Northeast Ohio nonprofits.

Mary Sue Tanis, Executive Director of Youth Challenge, which brings together physically disabled children and teen volunteers for adapted sports, said her program will use its $11,400 grant to buy Paralympic Sports gear to establish programs in adapted archery and handcycling.

“As a Paralympic Sport Club, YC is committed to introducing children to new recreational and competitive sport opportunities,” Tanis said.  “We’re grateful for the support of Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation to help us continue to introduce children with physical disabilities to a variety of Paralympic sports.”

Youth Challenge has helped children access adapted sports activities for 39 years.  With a reputation for providing high quality athletic programming, the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, designated YC as the “Paralympic Sport Cleveland”.  As a Paralympic Sport Club, Youth Challenge continues to introduce adaptive sports to children with physical disabilities while also promoting athletics and teamwork.

The 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational will be held August 5-9.  To learn more about Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation, Inc. visit nogcf.org.

For more about Youth Challenge, call 440-892-1001 or visit youthchallengesports.com.

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