We are passionate about making mountain biking accessible to all communities. In February 2021, Trek introduced the Pathfinders Scholarship to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to youth mountain biking by providing people of color with the bikes, gear, and resources they need to overcome historical barriers to the sport.
The GRiT (Girls Riding Together) Program is NICA’s effort to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs and get More Girls On Bikes! Currently, girls represent 20% of NICA’s overall national student-athlete participation. NICA GRiT seeks to increase that number significantly over the next five years.
Mississippi NICA is making a concentrated effort to increase the number of girls and female coaches in NICA programs by focusing on creating a more welcoming environment through girls-only events, rides, camps, clinics and socializing opportunities.
GRiT’s goal is to empower female student-athlete’s to make their mark, on or off the bike. The Mississippi league has an individual GRiT Coordinator to implement programming from the NICA GRiT Tool box at events, races, rides and camps.
Teen Trail Corps supports NICA’s mission to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling by creating a culture of service within our community.
Mountain biking as a community has often felt a responsibility towards the trail systems we use and Teen Trail Corps is the NICA program to introduce our student-athletes to that culture of service. As leagues across NICA experience growth, NICA teams become highly visible users of the trail systems.
NICA’s Teen Trail Corps provides a great incentive for teams and riders to participate in trail maintenance events. Our long-term goal is to ensure every community has trails they can access and teams that maintain and steward those resources. We connect teams with community initiatives and trail and advocacy organizations across the state of Mississippi.
NICA Adventure is a program that allows youth to experience the benefits of mountain biking, camaraderie, community, and the outdoors. NICA Adventure strives to reinforce our core values, build health and strength, learn new skills, and be part of a team of like-minded people.
NICA Adventure supports leagues and NICA Coaches in applying the principles of adventure and experiential education. It is a crucial component in providing resources to meet the social and emotional needs of all the student-athletes in our leagues. Adventure helps our student-athletes build relationships and interpersonal skills that will serve them beyond their time with NICA.
Mississippi League Racing is an inclusive format for youth, offering participants the opportunity to experience and learn discipline, success and graceful defeat. NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, to achieve their personal best. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.
Racing in the team environment helps student-athletes learn empathy, humility, flexibility, and resiliency. Student-athletes learn that it takes a village to build a successful racer, as well as to put on a race.