California Awards Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Large Grant to Support Universal Sports Institute at Parkview School

Golden State Pathway Program Planning Recipient

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) is thrilled to announce that it has been selected by the State of California and the California Department of Education (CDE) to receive a $200,000 Golden State Pathway Program (GSPP) Planning Grant to support its new Sports Medicine Pathway through the Universal Sports Institute (USI) at Parkview School.

PYLUSD is preparing for the opening of the USI in the fall of 2024. This innovative, diploma-bound athletic program will provide a free and customizable experience for student-athletes in grades three through twelve. The program aims to bolster academic development while enhancing sports performance through tailored exercise regimes, mental performance training, nutrition planning, recovery programs, and more.

The purpose of the GSPP is to provide school districts with resources to promote pathways in high-wage, high-skill, high-growth areas that provide students with opportunities to advance seamlessly from high school to college and career. In the case of USI, the funds will be used to purchase specialized supplies, equipment, and furniture to support Parkview’s new Sports Medicine Pathway, which will prepare students for sports and exercise science-related careers.

Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss expressed enthusiasm about this news, sharing, “We are thrilled about the progress already made toward opening USI and now even more so with the recent announcement of the Golden State Pathway Program funding! The demand for the program has been undeniable, with nearly 100 students already applying. This funding will help provide access to postsecondary education and workforce training opportunities, ensuring our USI athletes are well-prepared for future success.”

The GSPP results from funding included in the 2022 Budget Act passed by the California Legislature. Beyond promoting college and career readiness, the grant encourages collaboration with educational institutions and employers to develop innovative pathways, increases access to postsecondary education and workforce training, and supports the creation of a skilled workforce to meet statewide labor market needs.

“We are excited about the incredible opportunities this funding will provide for our student-athletes and the entire PYLUSD community,” shared Board President Leandra Blades. “These funds will ensure our sports medicine students learn the proper techniques for maximizing athletic performance and prepare for future careers in the medical field.”

The preparation of the USI campus in Yorba Linda is well underway, with the procurement of metabolic testing lab equipment, sports performance software, CrossFit/suspension training materials, weight room equipment, speed and agility area materials, wrestling mats, and much more.

“With a roster of talented coaches on staff, we are well on our way to building a program that will maximize sports performance, leadership abilities, and academic success for our students,” noted Dr. Cherniss.

USI students will complete their academic courses through Parkview School located in Placentia. This setup will allow athletes to balance academics with their training through non-traditional scheduling, self-paced learning, remote learning options, individualized support, and time management skill development.

For those preferring a traditional educational environment, students in grades six through twelve can enroll in up to two concurrent courses at one of the district’s middle or high schools. They can also participate in the district’s revamped Middle School Athletics Program or join CIF sports teams at El Dorado, Esperanza, Valencia, and Yorba Linda high schools.

Space is limited, so students are encouraged to secure a spot to be a part of USI today! Learn more and apply now at

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