XSTEF provides a positive, enriching environment and program for local youth by combining athletic training and academic enrichment through the University of Chicago Civic Knowledge Project. Through its in-school, after school and summer programs, XSTEF currently reaches nearly 3,000 youth across numerous underserved Chicago communities, from Roseland to Garfield Park.

Through its high performance after school tennis program, 100% of XS student-athletes to date have graduated from high school with an average ACT score of 26, 100% have earned access to college, and 100% have received full tennis college scholarships. With the structure and support of athletic college scholarships, students have achieved 100% college persistence and 100% college graduation rates.