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Building Tomorrow's Champions

Empowering Athletes, Transforming Communities


XLR8 (Accelerate) is a hybrid high school preparatory program, exclusively for middle school-aged student athletes. Our focus is to develop the necessary habits to get our students    prepared for the workload demanded of elite high schools, while giving them the performance training needed to help each student-athlete excel in their respective sports. 


Using a homeschool model, XLR8 students are enrolled in online accredited classes, emphasizing mastery of skills and familiarity with a high school curriculum. USADA staff and volunteers provide in-person academic support and athletic performance/strength training, along with healthy lunch/snack options, life skills, mentorship, and high school prospecting. Our culturally responsive curriculum harnesses the power of sports to enhance academic achievements and foster positive social engagements.

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Athletic Performance

Training & Nutrition

USADA staff and volunteers provide athletic performance training and nutritional programs. These encourage students in developing proper and healthier habits in order for our students to maximize their performance.

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Nutritious Meals

& Snacks

We offer fresh and nutritious lunches and snacks to students during the school day and athletic training sessions.

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Student Athlete

Case Management

XLR8 students and alumni are matched with a Student Athlete Advocate (Case Manager) working closely with the student and families as a liaison to teachers and school staff, that regularly monitors academic, behavioral conduct, and athletic progress. 

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Athletic Gear

& Equipment

We provide the XLR8 Academy students with the necessary gear and equipment to ensure their safety, comfort, and success in their chosen sport.

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College Awareness

College Exposure

XLR8 students have the opportunity to travel and attend events and camps hosted on college campuses. These programs can include academic, leadership building, and sports programs exposing them to  college culture.

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Life Skills

We prioritize fostering holistic personal development; we work closely with students, providing them with support and inspiration to become the best versions of themselves.

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Celestino “Tino” Rimando-Ellington
Co-Founder/Executive Director, USADA

The intentionality of our work has created an incredible platform for San Francisco youth to pursue their scholastic sports journey, providing them with the essential support and resources they need. Aside from being a parent, USADA is the greatest achievement I have accomplished.

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Sign Your Athlete Up for Success!

Registration Dates: October 2025 - March 2026

Registration opens October 2024

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