The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a youth development organization governing middle and high school mountain biking in the United States, announced new leagues in Arkansas, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, at a press conference during the annual Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, September 16.
Austin McInerny, NICA’s executive director, said, “There is now an almost unbroken chain of interscholastic cycling leagues spanning from coast to coast! With the addition of these four new leagues, nearly 60% of the country’s population will now have access to interscholastic cycling. One of the most exciting things to me is the quality of regional organizers joining the NICA program. A lot of our league directors have many years experience pre-NICA providing cycling opportunities in their communities. They’ve been watching and studying NICA and now they’re getting involved. In partnership with these committed individuals, through cycling programs we are both enabling adolescents to achieve personal wellness and building stronger communities in the process.”
NICA’s growing network now includes 19 state and regional leagues: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern California, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
As of September 2015, NICA has just over 3,000 coaches who are working with nearly 7,500 student-athletes from 522 high schools in the USA, giving a very favorable overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.
New league websites
Arkansas League: www.arkansasmtb.org
New Jersey League: www.newjerseymtb.org
North Carolina League: www.northcarolinamtb.org
Pennsylvania League: www.pamtb.org
NICA will kick-off a fundraising drive at Interbike, with generous matching grants from the Clif Bar Family Foundation and QBP putting $60,000 of potential additional funds on the table. Click nationalmtb.org/boosterclub/ to donate to the NICA Booster Club to support this effort.
About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association
Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. As of September 2015, NICA has just over 3,000 coaches who are working with nearly 7,500 student-athletes from 522 high schools in the USA, giving a very favorable overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.
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