GRiT

WHY JOIN GRiT?

Currently, girls represent 20% of NICA’s overall national student-athlete participation. NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) seeks to increase that number significantly over the next five years. The GRiT Program is NICA’s effort to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs.


NICL GRiT Goals

HAVE FUN

Activities are focused on increasing girls awareness of NICA programs by offering girls-only social and riding opportunities for girls, moms, friends, siblings and female coaches. GRiT Camps and GRiT student-athlete Ambassador programs are available in some leagues as well!

BE EMPOWERED

GRiT recognizes the need to get more girls on bikes. GRiT’s goal is to empower female student-athlete’s to make their mark, on or off the bike. All NICA leagues have an individual GRiT Coordinator to implement programming from the NICA GRiT Tool box and events at the league level.

EQUITY

Girls Riding Together is NICA’s initiative to increase female participation to 33% overall by 2023. With help from the Walton Family Foundation, and a number of other sponsors and NICA leagues across the country, GRiT’s mission is to provide fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.

COMMUNITY

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 for girls to join through girls-only events, rides, camps, clinics and socializing opportunities.


GRiT CHALLENGE

Why do NICA leagues need a special program to recruit more girls and females if NICA programming is inclusive and equal?

Although NICA has been successful in providing equal opportunities to all once participating in our programs, we can only be truly equal when we address many females need different things to feel welcome and invited into NICA programs.

RECRUITMENT

Girls tend to thrive in NICA programs once they join. Where NICA has to improve is in our recruiting and inviting girls into our programs. NICA must focus on equity – giving girls and females the experiences and opportunities to ensure they feel welcome and invited to participate in NICA programs – if it is to increase our overall female participation.

RETENTION

To address the participation challenge, the GRiT Program recognizes that girls and women often join sports and activities for different reasons than boys and men, especially in a male-dominated sport like mountain biking. GRiT focuses on both recruitment and retention to ensure female riders keep riding after their first year.

EXPERIENCES

Without GRiT, we are missing a significant opportunity to offer girls and women the amazing experiences and empowerment that mountain biking provides. To empower all our participants to seek inclusivity and equality

FEEL WELCOME

To make everyone feel welcome. To make mountain biking equally accessible to all.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN GRiT

CONNECT

For more information about GRiT in your local community, reach out to one of our NICL GRiT Coordinators:

Northern Conference:

Southern Conference:

PARTICIPATE IN GRiT EVENTS

GRiT events are happening now across the state. Come out, meet other NICL riders and have fun!

Jul
11
Sat
Girls Riding Together (GRiT) New Rider Beginner Skills and Recruiting Event
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Girls Riding Together (GRIT) New Rider Beginner Skills and Recruiting Event

Join Nevada League coaches and the GRIT Ambassador Team Girls to learn more about the sport of mountain biking. The goal of this clinic is to give new middle and high school girl riders a basic set of skills to ride confidently on our amazing trails and introduce them to our Nevada League Girl Tribe! Cost is FREE!  

Click HERE to Register on Eventbrite.

Learn more about GRiT: https://www.nationalmtb.org/grit/

When: Saturday July 11, 2020 1:00 pm to 4:00

Where: Sierra Vista Park , Reno, NV

Who: All middle and high school girl beginner riders who want to learn basic mountain biking skills and find out more about the Nevada Interscholastic Cycling League.

What: We will work on skills and then ride the park

Required: Working bike, helmet, and water. Bike is Broken? Please support your local bike shop and make sure your bike is in good running condition.

Need a Bike? If you have a rider that needs a bike to loan, contact Colleenwanty@gmail.com

We need female coaches to help with the clinic, if you are interested in helping contact colleenwanty@gmail.com

Jul
15
Wed
Special Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Show and Go Ride Event
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Show and Go Ride Event

Come ride with Us!

Cost: FREE! 

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:30 pm to dusk

Where: Incline Flume

Who: All league registered female Student Athletes and coaches

What: Come ride one of the best trails in the region with your fellow Nevada League female coaches and student athletes.

Required: Working bike, helmet, and water. Bike is Broken? Please support your local bike shop and make sure your bike is in good running condition.

We need female coaches to help with the ride, if you are interested in helping contact colleenwanty@gmail.com

Learn more about NICA GRiT: https://www.nationalmtb.org/grit/

Click HERE to Register on Eventbrite.


DONATE

You can help us achieve our goal by donating to the NICL GRiT program HERE. We greatly appreciate the support and every dollar helps!