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National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

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Orinda, CA   |  www.nationalmtb.org

Mission

NICA's mission is to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. We seek to reinvent youth sports by modeling inclusive and equitable programming that provides space for all middle and high school youth to join and that is designed to cultivate cyclists for life. Unlike almost all other youth sports, we have no tryouts, and no one sits on the bench. Everyone rides! Many coaches are parents. Families participate together. A supportive and healthy community is fostered through every NICA experience.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Amanda Carey

Main address

21 Orinda Way Suite C-368

Orinda, CA 94563 USA

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EIN

13-4234305

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Across the United States we face growing concerns about the health and well-being of our youth. The internet, videogames, and a screen-based lifestyle are creating the first generation of kids that will be less healthy than their parents. NICA is offering an alternative to traditional sports programs where there is an opportunity for every student to participate on a team, and benefit from this participation, as well as have their contribution valued.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

NICA Coach Education

NICA’s comprehensive coach education program provides new and existing volunteer coaches with the high-quality training and resources they need to be confident, competent, and empowered leaders on their youth mountain bike teams. NICA coaches not only create amazing experiences for student-athletes, they create a foundation for building healthy mountain bike communities. NICA coaches change lives! Coach education is essential to the mission of NICA because we believe that we can change youth sports by developing great coaches.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Team practice is the foundation of NICA programming and interscholastic racing is one of NICA’s core activities. NICA's inclusive racing format offers participants the opportunity to experience and learn discipline, success, failure, and graceful defeat. Racing in the team environment helps student-athletes learn empathy, humility, flexibility, and resiliency. NICA student-athletes learn that it takes a village to build a successful racer, as well as to put on a race. While every league has a different approach to races, NICA staff and trainers work with leagues to ensure consistency and safety across all leagues.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents
Preteens

NICA’s vision is that every youth is empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community. NICA’s GRiT initiative exists to give girls and women equitable access to the transformative power of mountain biking. Through GRiT, we create the safe spaces and opportunities necessary for women and girls to engage, build confidence, belong, and thrive as riders and humans.

Population(s) Served
Students
Women
Preteen girls
Young girls
Adolescent girls

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. Through Teen Trail Corps, NICA teams have an opportunity to showcase their commitment to the trails and develop a good reputation within the local trail community. Beyond developing community relationships, Teen Trail Corps also opens up land steward relationships and provides a pathway for leagues to work with land managers in developing new locations for team practices and potential event venues.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Students

NICA programming has always included adventure since our inception. We are built on a culture of passion for mountain biking and character development. 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As new leagues join NICA from different states, the number of participants increase. In 2022, we welcomed new leagues to NICA while some leagues left NICA to pursue different missions.

Number of female participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

NICA GRiT - Girls Riding Together

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of middle and high school girls who are registered with NICA.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The experiences that a young person can enjoy through NICA programs will help shape them as adults, providing youth opportunities to learn foundational life lessons through sport. We teach strong body, mind and character through racing, team practice, riding, adventure, and NICA Camp programs, as well as inclusivity and equity through Girls Riding Together (GRiT). We teach a respect for others as well as the outdoors and stewardship for the environment through our Teen Trail Corp (TTC) program. NICA League Leadership and Development provides league leadership the ongoing support needed to set up and run a successful NICA league. Also, the Coach Licensing program equips NICA coaches to provide our quality programs to a national standard. And finally, all of our programs teach and build community.

In order for NICA to maintain the strength of its existing programs as well as meet the demand imposed by exponential growth and robust programming, the following priority investment areas have been identified:

1) Deliver and maintain measurable and meaningful value to all NICA leagues by creating, maintaining and/or strengthening NICA league support services, communications, operations, programming, branding and league co-branding.
2) Development/Fundraising: Diversify revenue streams (sponsorships, fundraising, earned revenue)
3) Branding and Marketing: Enhance and implement our robust and comprehensive marketing and branding strategy. Strengthen our brand alignment and our ability to communicate across our entire organization through the use of technology solutions that facilitate marketing and fundraising efforts. Enhance value to all constituents, and build community through aligned communication.
4) Ensure that NICA is a culturally relevant, diverse and inclusive organization, free of barriers, where everyone is equally valued. We will accomplish this through the development and implementation of a comprehensive DEI strategy.

NICA has prepared a 3-5 year strategic plan that identifies priority investment areas which were recently refreshed in 2020. For each priority investment area resources were identified based on the needs to support the area in order to implement and achieve the strategic goals over the next three to five years. A simple forecast financial plan was prepared to support our core baseline ongoing activities, with the addition of the forecasted growth in each new priority investment area. Further, resources were determined and prioritized within each area and projected benchmark by year.

Since the 2018 approval of the strategic plan by NICA's Board of Directors, the Priority Investment Areas listed in the strategic plan were updated in 2020 to further align with NICA's goals. Also in 2020, with the support of an external marketing consultant, NICA developed a marketing and communications plan to implement a rebranding project to improve organizational consistency. In 2020 NICA also partnered with Risha Grant, an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert, to survey Diversity Equity and Inclusion within the NICA community. Moving forward the goal is to identify, within NICA leagues, activities specific to the recruitment of BIPOC student-athletes and coaches with the purpose to develop a comprehensive organizational DEI strategy. Finally, in 2021, in order to support licensed coaches in continuing to deliver quality NICA programs across the nation, NICA rolled out new and improved coach licensing training modules.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Burns

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Term: 2022 -

Robert Saffell

Wolters Kluwer

Kimo Seymour

Life Time Events and Media

Lisa Sher

Fluxx Collective

Eric Russell

Clif Bar and Company

Timothy P. Rogers

Continental Automotive, Inc and Continental Tire the Americas LLC

Dr. Francine C. Luce

Jersey City Board of Education

Scott Chapin

Marsh & McLennan’s Bicycle Industry Vertical

Kristen Dieffenbach

West Virginia University

Vanessa Hauswald

NorCal NICA League

Lindsey Kriete

Lutheran Home & Harwood Place

Mike Kuhn

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League

Imelda March

Digital Designer and UX Strategist

Jerry Pomije

Q Enterprises, Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.

Austin McInerny

NICA

Robert Burns

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data