August 2023 Arkansas NICA Newsletter
Wow! Just like that the pre-season events flew by and here we are on the doorstep of what promises to be another amazing Arkansas NICA Season. We hope you have had an awesome summer! Our staff has been working hard to plan all of the fall events and I am amazed at how they continue to make things bigger and better each season.
So many of our amazing volunteer coaches have been hard at work all over the state since practices began on July 1st. And here we are, with just a few weeks left before the first competitive event of the season. Read further to learn more about the upcoming events and other important information.
This past weekend we travelled to a new venue in Harrison Arkansas for the GRiT Clinic and Practice Race. Over 170 male and female athletes took part in clinics aimed to help prepare them for their very first competitive event and give them a preview of the course they will be competing on for the Time Trial. This is a new course, and we are proud to have a new team coming from Harrison and we welcome them to the league.
One of our Core Values is “Community” and we have seen how the power of NICA changes communities one by one. With that in mind, we are proud to showcase what we have been working on with Harrison to bring NICA to their community. AR NICA’s decision to host a race in Harrison was not made lightly and is a culmination of over 2 years of discussions with City officials, community members, sponsors, donors, the AR NICA leadership team, DEI experts from the U of A, and most importantly our NICA families.
Personally, I had concerns with putting on an event in Harrison early on due to the prior history of the community. However, as members of our leadership team and I visited Harrison over the last 2 years, working towards getting #morekidsonbikes by helping develop a trail system and starting a NICA team there, we have been able to bring our NICA values to the community as a “tool of change”. We cannot allow history to repeat itself and this is our way of taking a stand and showing that love and a bicycle is stronger than hate one pedal stroke at a time.
We felt it was important to be transparent with you, our NICA Families, Coaches and Athletes in the lead up to the event and are excited to take folks to a new community, new trail and provide a great experience for all of our families. I feel like we are ONE big family and the Harrison community is excited to host us soon!
Ride safe and happy,
Terry and the Arkansas NICA Team.