BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 2:46 PM MT—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has launched a Booster Fund program. The fund was established with $30,000 raised at the NICA Awards Banquet in January and will provide micro-grants to individual student-athletes, coaches and teams from underrepresented areas and disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Booster Fund provides direct support to offset expenses directly related to participation in NICA league and team activities.
"This is a tremendous milestone towards fulfilling the NICA vision to enable every American teen to strengthen body, mind and character through participation in high school mountain biking,” said NICA founder and executive director, Matt Fritzinger.
Applications for the first round of grants offered through the fund are being accepted March 20 through April 3. Up to $15,000 will go to as many as 30 student-athletes, coaches and teams in the NICA spring racing leagues, which this year are Northern California, Southern California, Washington and Texas.
Applications are made directly to NICA, and those from student-athletes require a coach’s reference. Recipients will be notified by April 13. Further information and the grant application are at www.nationalmtb.org/nica-booster-fund.