Youth Education through Sports

GCSC's Youth Education through Sports (YES) Program, presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and The Sherwin-Williams Company: Providing Northeast Ohio's underserved youth with experiences that illustrate how sports empower and prepare people for success in life. 

YES Goals:

  • Provide children with an opportunity for physical activity
  • Allow access to unique experiences
  • Offer health and wellness education

Health and wellness education is provided by the University Hospitals Rainbow Safety Squad at each program. Children from the City of Cleveland’s 21 Recreation Centers are the primary beneficiaries of the Youth Education through Sports programming, and participation is by invitation only.

Program Highlights

  • 271 children participated in 2018 programs 
  • 681 children received new bicycles, locks, helmets, and bicycle safety training over five years in the Earn-A-Bike program
  • 215 Cleveland residents participated in bicycle “fix-a-thons” at recreation centers over the past four years.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Griesmer at

Upcoming 2019 Programs:

NCAA Division II Wrestling, Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
Saturday, March 9

  • 25 children (ages 10-13) will be invited to participate in a wrestling clinic and interact with athletes and coaches at the NCAA DII Wrestling Championship.
  • Health and wellness activities, lunch and admission to the tournament will be provided.  

NCAA Women's Bowling Championship, RollHouse Wickliffe
Saturday, April 13 

  • 25 children (ages 10-13) will be invted to learn the basics of bowling through interaction with athletes and coaches at the NCAA Women's Bowling Championship. 
  • Health and wellness activities, lunch and admision to the tournament on Saturday afternoon will be provided to active participants. 

NCAA DIII Men's and Women's Track & Field  Championships, SPIRE Institute
Friday, May 24

  • 40 children (ages 11-14) will be invited to participate in general fitness clinics and/or activities surrounding the Championship.
  • Health and wellness activities, lunch and admission to the Championship will be provided. 

USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships - Tri For Change
Program begins - Week of June 10 
USAT AGN - Saturday, August 10 

  • 30 children (ages 11-15) will be invited to participate in a 8-week long training program to expose them to the multisport lifestyle through USA Triathlons' official Tri for Change program.
  • Participants will be provided training and coaching to complete activities around swimming, biking and running.
  • Lessons in health and wellness, sportsmanship and/or proper running techniques will be taught to the participants as they train each week.
  • Athletes will be invited to compete in the final wave of USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals on August 10th. 

Earn-A-Bike Program

Bike Build – Friday, May 10 - Acacia Reservation 

Field Day – Friday, June 7 - Acacia Reservation 

Distribution Day – Friday, July 19 -  Acacia Reservation 

Make-up Distribution Day – Monday, July 22 - Acacia Reservation 

  • Year six of the Earn-A-Bike Program will include many of the same elements as in years one through five. Ten children (ages 8-12) from each City of Cleveland Recreation Center will be invited to participate in a Field Day kickoff in June. They will complete several weeks of activities and benchmarks that included bike safety and education.
  • The top finishers in the program – 150 children total -will receive a new bicycle, helmet and lock on the Distribution Day in July.

*All YES programming content and dates are subject to change*

With the help of foundations, corporate sponsors and community partners, YES can't lose!