The Arkansas NICA League is committed to building strong bodies, minds, and character in student-athletes by leading through service for individuals and teams.
It’s so important to us that our race season awards include bonus points for individuals for service hours and half of our team award is based on the service hours for the whole team. For specifics, you can visit the Arkansas Appendix in the NICA Handbook. Students have two choices for how to earn the bonus points:
- Complete 10 bike-related SERVE hours. This can be done through your team or through other organizations, such as OORC, CATA, BikeNWA, FAST, etc.
- Complete NICA’s Service Leadership Development Program, Teen Trail Corps. Student athletes will work toward earning 4 badges to complete their Teen Trail Corps Captain Badge.
Arkansas NICA completed over 6600 hours in 2021, 8641 hours in 2022 and has a goal of 9000 hours for 2023!.
Now is the perfect time to start working on service hours!
Want to join the 2024 Arkansas Teen Trail Corps Leadership Development Program?
The Teen Trail Corps Leadership Program is a robust leadership development program that teaches student athletes to be advocates and community leaders. Student Athletes earn badges in each of four categories (Speak, Serve, Ride, Respect) to become a Teen Trail Corps Captain. We are taking applications for students in NW Arkansas to be part of an intensive mentorship program led by Kyla Templeton, Erin Rushing, Aimee Ross, Nat Ross, and Rapha MTB to help a small group of athletes take action and help pilot the program to be used for a larger group of student athletes over time.
What it will look like:
We will announce the program and application window for students to apply to be part of the program.
What they will get: Intense leadership development experience and mentorship, a rapha mtb kit, and the opportunity to shape a program for the future. Upon completion of the TeenTrail Corps captains badge, they will get a custom Rapha MTB Teen Trail Corps Kit.
- tbd - Introductions, Speak Focus
- tbd - Serve Focus
- tbd - Ride Focus
- tbd- Respect Focus
SERVE Hours Opportunities
Pedal It Forward NWA Volunteer to help get more kids on bike HERE
Ozark Enduro Lite (portion of proceeds benefit NICA) Arkansas Race Solutions: Ozark Enduro Lite Race 1 /Bella Vista (signupgenius.com)
Please visit Central Arkansas Trail Alliance facebook page for workdays in Central. CATA Workdays
CATA: Workday at Pinnacle State Park Facebook Event
Coming Soon! Please visit your local Trail Advocacy website and pages for opportunities