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Our Philosophy

At CYUP, we are fixated about athletic development, performance and leadership. Our purpose is to train, educate, and assist athletes in optimizing their athletic performance. We believe these goals are best achieved by developing athletes as leaders in and out of their sports. CYUP provides tested and proven training programs to produce the best results possible. We believe that training programs should be crafted to assist individuals to accomplish their goals and reach their maximum athletic potential. Whether you are on the track, field, turf, or court, CYUP has a program designed to optimize your athletic performance. 

Our Philosophy
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About Us
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About Us

The Chicagoland Youth United Performance was founded in 2015 in Chicago, Illinois by Tony Jones and Jeffery Bryant. Athletes who participate come from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. CYUP is sanctioned by the USATF. CYUP consists of athletes, ages 8 – 18, that compete in the Youth Division of USA Track and Field. Students enrolled in school districts in and near the Chicagoland area make up our club.


This club is for individuals who are interested in becoming better overall athletes. This consist of developing mental toughness, physical fitness and team work skills. Our goal is to develop future leaders in the community on and off the track.

CYUP also offers a cross country program for athletes that are more interested into developing for the cross country season. This program helps to develop base while developing speed and strength simultaneously. All athletes can benefit from being stronger and faster!


All of our coaches are USATF level 1 certified. Our coaches bring over 40 years of coaching, education and most of all passion to the table. I believe that we have some of the best coaches in the state and in the country. If you want to reach your potential as an athlete then this is the club for you!

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  • 2019 Chicago Kent College of Law Graduate, J.D.

  • USATF Level 1 coach

  • ASEP Certified Coach

  • FMS Certified

  • Former CPS track champion and all-city cross country runner at Lane Tech High School

  • Former UWSP track and field athlete

  • 9 years of high school coaching experience
    at Lane Tech High School, Chicago

  • Coached 10 all state athletes

  • 1600m State Champ, 4 All-State 4x400m relays, 2 All-State 800m runners, 3 state finalists 4x800m relays, 1 National Qualifier 4x8 relay

  • Distance/Sprints Coach

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  • 1993 Graduate of Indiana State University, Sociology

  • USATF Level 1 coach

  • ASEP certified coach

  • All-State athlete in track and field and cross country at Terre Haute North Vigo High School

  • Standout student-athlete at Indiana State University 1987-90; competed in three Missouri Valley Conference Championships (2 xc & 1 track)

  • 23 years of high school coaching experience at Lane Tech High School, Chicago

  • Coached 20 All-State athletes and six state champions; 4 All-Americans

Coaching Staff

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