Each week between now and December 15th, we’re going to tell a story about one of the images you see to the right.
We couldn’t be more grateful for all the coaches, parents, student-athletes, sponsors, foundations, and donors who make the #morekidsonbikes movement possible.
We hope you’ll consider making a contribution to NICA’s annual fund between now and December 15th.
Today’s story comes from Driggs, Idaho.
This is Rick LaBelle, Assistant Coach for the Teton Region Composite Team based in Driggs. He’s the one who shot the photo above.
We caught up with Rick and asked him a few questions about his involvement in the Idaho League:
NICA: How long have you been involved with your team and league?
RL: Since inception in early 2015, with meetings before that as well – I was approached by people in Boise to help start the team over here in Driggs/Jackson.
NICA: Tell us the back story on this image: who, what, when, where?
RL: This image was taken while our team was having a bar-b-q after the Galena Grinder race near Sun Valley, ID in September of 2015.
NICA: In your words, how does this image reflect the experience of your team?
RL: The image embodies the fun & friendship aspects of our team, which are emphasized as much as the racing & competition aspects. Our team feels like a big extended family.
NICA: What is your favorite part of being involved in the “#morekidsonbikes” movement?
Watching the kids progress, not just with their mountain biking skills (which is really impressive), but also as people – I see them developing incredible sportsmanship, and also forming relationships with other racers around the state which will last for decades.
I would also add that sharing the cycling lifestyle (including connecting with good, like-minded people) with the kids is meaningful – that’s part of it all “coming full circle.” When you finish playing high school football, for example, you won’t be playing that same sport with your teammates & fellow competitors from across the state 3 decades later…but in mountain biking, you can! 🙂
To learn more about the Teton Region Composite Team, check them out on Facebook here!
Did you know: since NICA started in 2009, student-athlete participation has grown from 568 to 10,783.
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Here’s another image from Rick, showing a recent Idaho League middle school race: