Youth Education through Sports

YES: Providing Northeast Ohio's underserved youth with experiences that illustrate how sports empower and prepare people for success in life. 

YES allows GCSC to continue our history of developing community impact programs to maximize the benefit of hosting sporting events in Cleveland.  

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.

2018 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.

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2018 Programs included:

NCAA Division III Wrestling, Public Hall, Cleveland
Saturday, March 10th

  • 40 children (ages 10-13) were invited to participate in a wrestling clinic and interact with athletes and coaches at the NCAA DIII Wrestling Championship 

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Wednesday, March 14th 

  • 75 children (ages 8-12) were invted to participate in a wrestling clinic and interact with athletes and coaches at the NCAA DI Wrestling Championship. 
  • Health and wellness activities and admision to the tournament on Saturday morning were provided to active participants. 

MAC Baseball Championships, Sprenger Stadium, Avon
Friday, May 25th

  • 40 children (ages 9-14) were invited to participate in activities surrounding the MAC Championship including a tour of the facility and informational sessions with current MAC coaches & athletes.
  • Health and wellness activities, lunch and admission to a collegiate game were provided. 

USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals, Edgewater Park, Cleveland
Program began - Tuesday, June 19th - 8 weeks out 
Two practices per week
USAT AGN - Saturday, August 11th 

  • 40 children (ages 10-14) were 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 were provided training and coaching to complete activities around running, biking and/or swimming.
  • Lessons in health and wellness, sportsmanship and/or proper running techniques were taught to the participants as they tracked progress each week.
  • Athletes were invited to compete in the final wave of USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals on August 11th. 

NEOCycle Earn-A-Bike program

Bike Build – Friday, May 4th

Field Day – Friday, June 15th

Distribution Day – Friday, July 6th

Make-up Distribution Day – Friday, July 20th 

NEOCycle – Saturday, September 8th

  • Year five of the NEOCycle Youth Education through Sports included many of the same elements as in years one through four. Ten children (ages 8-12) from each City of Cleveland Recreation Center were invited to participate in a Field Day kickoff on June 15th. They completed two weeks of activities and benchmarks that included bike safety and education.
  • The top finishers in the program – 150 children total, received a new bicycle, helmet, and lock on the Distribution Day of July 13th.
  • All children who received a bike were invited out to NEOCycle on Saturday, September 8th for additional cycling and festival activities.

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

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