NICA Leagues are now receiving direct support from Trek Bicycle and NICA programs have been bolstered by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
Trek Bicycle announced in June that in addition to the $1 million pledged to NICA, Trek will continue to contribute $1 from every mountain bike tire sold as well as $10 from the sale of every full-suspension mountain bike to NICA.
At the league level, Trek is providing $5,000 a year to all existing NICA leagues. Additionally, Trek has developed a three-year funding structure where new leagues will receive $20,000 in their first year with contributions of $15,000 and $10,000 in years two and three respectively to ensure new leagues launch with a solid financial foundation. Read more here.
The Walton Family Foundation has awarded NICA a generous grant of $200,000. The grant will support NICA’s new Girls Riding Together Program (NICA GRiT) and the revitalization of the Teen Trail Corps Program (TTC).
NICA GRiT is a national program that aims to increase female participation in the sport of mountain biking by 10% over the next five years with a focus on recruitment and retention of girls and female coaches in NICA leagues. Currently, girls represent 20% of the NICA national student-athlete participation. Focused efforts are needed to increase female teenage participation as well as the number of adult female coaches. Through providing skills development, opportunities for positive physical health, confidence and self-esteem and coach training, NICA’s goal is to provide a fun, safe and competitive environment for young women to excel.
Teen Trail Corps (TTC) is a national program empowering NICA student-athletes to take a leadership role in promoting trail advocacy, land stewardship and courteous and respectful use of trails. Teens Trail Corps seeks to raise awareness among the next generation of cyclists through leadership, involving student-athletes in conservation efforts and providing them the tools to educate their peers on how to be a good mountain bike advocate.