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Naumburg Bandshell | Central Park

YAI's Central Park Challenge is one of the largest events in New York that celebrates people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Each year, this event raises funds that are vital toward YAI's mission to create opportunities for people with I/DD to live, love, work, and learn in their communities.

2022 will see YAI's Central Park Challenge return to the Naumburg Bandshell in New York City's iconic Central Park!

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Have question about the event, or want to get involved?

You can call us at 212.273.6437 or email


Ways to get involved


Help people with I/DD by raising funds to support YAI’s comprehensive range of programs and services.

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Simply stated, volunteers make it happen! Help YAI throw our biggest celebration of the year by signing up for one of our many volunteer opportunities.



Every dollar raised through our Central Park Challenge event helps to support people with I/DD to live, love, work, and learn in their communities. And your donation is 100% tax deductible!

Central Park Challenge 2021

YAI’s 2021 Central Park Challenge entered the record books as our second fully remote livestream. We are grateful for your enthusiasm, your interest in YAI’s programs, and your generosity. 

Check out our highlight reel from the 2021 Central Park Challenge.

In 2022, we cannot wait to get back together in person in Central Park, where we belong. Want to get involved with this one-of-a-kind celebration? Show your support for thousands of children and adults with disabilities by making a donation.