Dear MiSCA Supporter,
As another scholastic cycling season draws to a close it is once again time to reflect on the year gone by and to thank you for your interest and support of the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association. Without people such as you we would not have been able to accomplish what we have in the three short years that MiSCA has been in existence.
MiSCA has grown in size and scope that now includes students from around the state and supporters from around the globe. MiSCA has tripled the number of students and teams since our inception in 2010. One of the highlights in 2012 was that MiSCA became an independent organization, and was also granted a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization status.
In 2013 MiSCA will continue to offer scholastic racing opportunities for students of all ages, and without charging any MiSCA fees for racers or teams. We believe that for continued growth MiSCA needs to remove as many financial barriers for entry into the sport as possible.
Individuals such as you have recognized the importance of providing healthy outdoor activities for students in a sport such as cycling. Studies have shown that:
- One of three children in the U.S. is now overweight or obese.
- Physical exercise in children improves not only cardiovascular health but also academic performance.
- Many students do not like traditional sports or physical activities.
The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association is addressing the items above by working to maintain safe, quality scholastic cycling programs that will:
- Provide students who have the desire to race bicycles with the coaching and camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cycling goals in a safe and enjoyable manner;
- Develop an awareness of what it is to be an amateur athlete, and the privilege and responsibility of representing a student’s school and community;
- Create an environment in which they may discover new friendships and find role models;
- Guide students towards learning new skills and disciplines, and spread the foundations of bike racing across the state;
- Promote the value of cycling to our community as a mode of transportation and as a lifelong sport.
MiSCA relies on the generosity of its donors and sponsors to keep the program funded. All donations received are returned 100% to the MiSCA program and the program is supported entirely by volunteers. Please consider showing your support for our mission by donating to MiSCA.
Donations may be made by clicking on this link. https://www.bikereg.com/Net/16254
Thank you for your continued support and generosity,
Director and President
Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association
Cycling is one of the most popular sports in the world; however, public and most private schools in Michigan do not offer any type of biking as part of their curriculum or athletic programs. To fill this void, MiSCA was created in April 2010 to promote school cycling clubs and develop a statewide mountain bike racing league dedicated to students in grades 6- 12.
As an organization that operates under the umbrella of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA), MiSCA enjoys a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status. Its board of directors is made up of mountain biking enthusiasts and racers, who possess a wide assortment of professional backgrounds that include education, engineering, and the law. Having established the foundational elements of MiSCA, the board is seeking donations and corporate sponsorships to actualize the vision of establishing cycling clubs, providing equipment, awarding scholarships, and hosting races throughout the state.
Scholarships and Equipment
Competing in Mountain biking is expensive. Just to get started, the cost of a bike, associated equipment, clothing, school club fees, and race entry fees can run at least a thousand dollars per student. Race ready bikes cost $700.00 or more. Top of the line competition bikes run between $2K and $5K. A tire pump, spare tubes, new tires, and basic tools cost at least $200.00 or more. A helmet, shorts, and a jersey will run a minimum of $150.00. Schools typically charge $50.00 or more per year per student for a club membership. And, entry fees are $10.00 or more per rider per event.
Therefore, to help defray participants’ costs and facilitate the growth of interscholastic mountain bike racing, MiSCA plans to offer low entry fees, scholarships to cover entry fees, and bike equipment or discounts through private donations and corporate sponsorships.
Additionally, MiSCA plans to award athletic scholarships to top student competitors in recognition of their achievements. The dollar amount of athletic scholarships will be solely dependent upon private individual donations and sponsor contributions.
How You Can Help
Donate to MiSCA