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Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association works to establish and maintain safe, quality scholastic cycling programs. The Association is responsible for establishing a program that will: - Provide support to schools and organizations wishing to establish scholastic cycling clubs and teams. - Develop and maintain an interscholastic competition series to promote the sport of cycling and allow kids to build fitness and compete in a healthy, outdoor environment. - Promote the value of cycling to our youth and community as a mode of transportation and as a lifelong sport.

Results: MiSCA started in 2010 as a dream and a single race. It grew quite slowly, reaching only 100 average riders per race in 2016. The 2017 year saw our first big push to promote our clubs and teams throughout the year, taking on a series title sponsor and thinking big about our future. It paid off, averaging nearly 200 riders per race. In 2018, we implemented a coach certification program, with clinics and structure for coaches. Additionally, we transitioned into a league model and brought on a part-time League Director. The results were awesome - our first series of 6 youth-only races, and while 3 events were outside of our core population area, we averaged more than 250 riders per race, nearly reaching 300 at our biggest race of the year. We have developed our programming and expanded racing categories from 6 when we started to 17 in 2019. We are truly inclusive, allowing children of all ages and abilities to participate in our programs - that is something MiSCA is extremely proud of.

Target demographics: get more kids on bikes

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 students, 150 coaches

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: a 6-event, youth-only race series, coach certification program, female-specific events, clinics and camps

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Elliot K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MiSCA is awesome! My first MiSCA race was my first mountain bike race ever, and I have been hooked ever since! The races and events are very well put-together, and the atmosphere is unfailingly positive, friendly, and really fun! Mountain bike racing with MiSCA provides kids with the opportunity to get outside, challenge themselves, have a really great time, and grow both as riders and as people.

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Sean_MiSCA Elliot, It's been an awesome experience watching you grow your skills through MiSCA. The entire cycling community appreciates the work your doing to advocate for, build, and maintain local trails. I know many of the younger kids (and their parents) really loved your interactions and the encouragement you provided at the races - sad to see you graduate but hope you'll help out as a Coach!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This biking program is an inclusive and fun program for kids. There are not many girls in mountain biking, and as one, it is sometimes hard to find others to race against, but MiSCA not only has competitive girls races, it makes us feel very included while we are racing . They give our races the same attention that they give the boys, which provides an exciting experience that is sometimes not provided in other bike series.

1 akmiller1033

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mountain biking and mountain bike racing are some of my favorite things to do in the world. MiSCA provides a place for me to race other girls and have tons of fun. MiSCA is different from other mountain bike races because it is entirely focused on kids racing. The races are always set up really well. Also, MiSCA is trying to get more kids, and specifically more girls, into the sport which means that there is a great atmosphere at every one of the races. The races are set up to be competitive if you want them to be and they are always fun no matter what. Everybody is supporting one another no matter what team you are on. I have made friends from all over the state because of MiSCA. MiSCA has helped me have more fun riding bikes in the woods. Thank you so much MiSCA for putting on such well organized and fun races every year!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My boys have grown up with MiSCA as a healthy part of their childhood! From the early days when they could barely make it around the courses to the rainy, muddy mess we had at the last race they have enjoyed every minute of it! Years ago I got involved with MiSCA in hopes that my boys could have Cycling as a part of their High School experience. I could not have imagined MiSCA becoming what it is because it is WELL beyond my hopes and expectations!
This organization is amazing and continues to grow in a positive way

1 Brian M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our daughters have built confidence both on the bike and off thanks to MiSCA. They've also made friends from across the state, an opportunity that they wouldn't have were it not for MiSCA's broad reach and inclusive atmosphere. As girls in a traditionally male-dominated sport, they also really appreciate MiSCA's approach to supporting girls on bikes. Overall, MiSCA has been an unbelievable benefit to our family and other families on our MTB team. I've since joined the board, and volunteer when I can. We believe in the mission and are thrilled to see it unfold!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teaching kids life skills and bike skills at the same time. Our daughters have built some grit, learned to race through exhaustion, gotten better at mountain biking all along. Sounds like hard work right? Maybe it is, but you'd never know it by the big smiles at races. They have loved their time with MISCA. It's a great program for kids in Michigan.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks, Brian! The Coyotes are doing great stuff in the Grand Rapids area - thank you! I'm happy to see you and the girls active in non-MiSCA races as well.

1 Richard M.11

Advisor

Rating: 5

MISCA is an incredible organization that the biking community is fortunate to have as friend. My family and the Lake Orion is richer for our association with MISCA. My 15 and 13 year old sons have been participating with MISCA racing for 4 years. They have learned sportsmanship, humility, drive and success. They have made friends within our team and with competitors. MISCA racing is unlike any other youth sport I have been involved with, it is an exceptionally positive environment. Parents and coaches alike cheer on all racers, we root for our team and we root for our competitors. This organization has been a great asset to my family and the biking community.

Kate H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In awe of this organization. I have two school age children who ride and believe this to be the best sports organization we have been involved in so far. Focused on all the right things: inclusion, sportsmanship, athleticism, service to your community, conservation, on and on. This organization is helping develop some great little humans and life long riders ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our very 1st race for our 8 year old was last weekend at Hickory Glenn. It was well very organized, with no hiccups at all. We are extremely pleased on how efficient MiSCA was with with the entire race event and keeping everyone safe. All volunteers, parents and participants were wearing mask. The race ran on time. We can’t wait for the next race. Thank you all! Sincerely, Pat, Amanda, and Cole Stapula.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the spring we were kinda bored without sports do to covid-19 & decided to get some mountain bikes to try out as a family. Let’s just say we fell in love & the kids are having a blast. That’s when we were introduced to MiSCA & to say that everyone has been helpful & welcoming would be an understatement!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that promotes healthy competition for kids and teens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MisCa took my daughter from a timid rider to a confident and strong rider who regularly challenges herself on bikes.

MisCa races is such a joyful event, it's hard not to be moved by seeing so many kids go all out and try their best. Another wonderful thing is 100% of participants participate 100%, no bench sitting here! The races are very organized as well, it's

Thank you, MisCa, for giving kids the gift of a lifetime!

1 Mikki P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Misca has given us the opportunity to engage with the MTB community and create lasting friendships while encouraging cycling fitness, good sportsmanship and accomplishment.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/28/2019

Thanks Mikki! We're so lucky to have a thriving club out of Huron Valley.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MiSCA has been a powerful force in our family. Our oldest son (11) has raced for two years and our youngest son (9) raced last year. We love that the sport encourages families to participate — we not only get to spectate but coach. This has deepened familial relationships in so many ways.
As an organization, I am amazed at how well run it is. In two years, we have watched it grow and make great improvements at the same time. Pretty amazing. We are so grateful to have this race series in our lives!

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Sean_MiSCA 03/21/2019

It's great to hear from a parent/coach that is participating in our growth! Thanks for sharing your story and helping to make MiSCA better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MiSCA provides a unique opportunity for kids to race and ride bikes together in a supportive, kids-only, environment. The league accommodates riders of all skill levels and backgrounds and strives for diversity and inclusiveness. While I have no kids in this league, I love working with the staff, riders, and parents to make sure kids in Michigan have an opportunity to participate in this wonderful sport. The races themselves are very well run, especially considering the organization is still in a growth spurt, and they have done a lot of good work to promote team growth throughout the area.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks, Sarah! We appreciate your kind words and love having you as a volunteer throughout the year and at the races!

1 Melissa S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughter started mountain biking with MiSCA 2 seasons ago. She had never mountain-biked and on her first ride ever she was stung by hornets twice! This didn't deter her. That season she tried a second ride and loved it. Last season she intended to race 2-3 races, not sure that it was her thing yet, but ended up doing all 6, taking 4th in the state in her age group! The atmosphere MiSCA creates makes this experience fun for all. The music pumps up the riders. Competing teams/teammates cheer everyone on, helping to push that last little bit to the finish line, or to start the next lap. Race days are exciting for racers and their families. We love being a part of MiSCA!

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Oh my gosh, Melissa - I was not aware of that hornet story! Gotta love the outdoors. Thank you for your review - we're so happy your daughter enjoyed the 2018 season.

1 Jaime Shuell W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 9 year old started riding with my husband a few years ago & turns out he’s a natural rider. We found MiSCA & got my son on a team with Cycle Therapy. He loves it. Everyone is so nice & helpful. It’s great for him to watch the older riders too.

There is a lot that goes into making this organization work. I’ve watched & also helped in setting up for a race. What a dedicated crew for the kids.

Race days are so exciting. I love all the hussel & noise & cheers & the ringing of the bells. My son has done great & because of MiSCA I think he’s hooked on biking for life.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks for taking the time to write this awesome review, Jaime! "Hooked for life" is pretty much the goal, so this is great to read. Looking forward to many years of watching your son progress through the program!

1 Greg K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s amazing to see such an organization devoted to a racing event just for kids! Super professional. I recommend it to all that are interested in getting their kids into mountain biking.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks, Greg! We appreciate all you do to get more kids on bikes as well, as a coach, parent, and volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MiSCA is full of a bunch of enthusiastic people! They put hard work and dedication into getting kids and families active cycling together. This sport is for all ages and ability levels. There mountain biking series ROCKED, and we loved getting into downhill too.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks for the review! We're so happy you and the kiddos are enjoying the series.

1 Tina M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

MiSCA is amazing. There is no denying the passion this group has for the sport of mountain biking and especially for getting children involved in mountain biking and racing! They go above and beyond to make children's mountain bike racing safe, accessible, competitive, and fun. MiSCA is a wonderful family organization that we're fortunate to be a part of.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks for the review, Tina! We put a focus on safety over the last couple years and I'm glad you have recognized the effort. FUN is what it's all about and we know the kids wouldn't do it if they weren't enjoying it.

2 Erin B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

MISCA has done a great job of getting kids interested in mountain biking and mountain bike racing. They run a safe and fun program that kids of all ages enjoy.

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks, Erin! Looking forward to a great year and appreciate all your support.

2 meganmil

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two girls, ages 10 and 12, who bike MiSCA and we so appreciate the enthusiasm and high expectations for girls-who-bike, not only from the program, but from all of the teams and fans. They have the same grit, determination and strength to compete and it is showcased each time they race! The races are run professionally with the race courses creatively marked in order to showcase different talents and technical levels. Well done, MiSCA!

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Sean_MiSCA 03/18/2019

Thanks for the kind words, Megan! We put a focus around building our female participation a few years ago, as we were lacking Varsity riders. It's been really cool to see the growth there. Additionally, offering programming for elementary and middle school ages is really important to us and your comment/story means a lot.