NICA and Colorado High School Cycling League Receive Founding Support from Easton Foundation

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BERKELEY, CA — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association gratefully announces it has received foundation matching grants from the Easton Foundations for both the national association and the newest chapter, the Colorado High School Cycling League, which launched in October 2009.

Matt Fritzinger, founder of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and the successful NorCal High School Cycling League, on which others have been founded, said, “We are hugely grateful for the generosity of Jim Easton and his foundation. This is a major milestone for NICA and the Colorado High School Cycling League. NICA is having great success finding other sponsors soon to be announced and fulfillment of the Colorado grant is now contingent on finding other supporters.”

The successful first year of the Southern California High School Cycling League, for which the Easton Foundations also provided founding funding, helped the decision to fund the Colorado League.

Kate Rau, executive director of the Colorado League, said “The generous support of the Easton Foundations is very timely for the Colorado High School Cycling League. I am absolutely thrilled by their commitment to support mountain biking, for it is an excellent opportunity for youth to establish healthy habits and a deeper connection to the outdoors within a positive peer culture.”

Jim Easton, president of the Easton Foundations, said, “Having helped create an outstanding mountain bike race series in Southern California, and having received such enthusiastic feedback from the students and parents, it is a pleasure for the Easton Foundations to be a founding sponsor of the Colorado High School Cycling League and to also be a founding national sponsor in the very promising new National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).”

The ESDF II (one of the Easton Foundations) was established in 2006 and focuses its philanthropic activities on the four sports that Easton Sports has been built upon: archery, softball and baseball, hockey, and cycling.

The NICA model has developed methods and curriculum for introducing young riders to the world of mountain bike racing, as well as recruiting and training coaches to be committed to producing amateur athletes who are gracious in both victory and defeat, and are respectful of their environment and community.

The year-round cycle of events organized by the Colorado League is scheduled to include: a four-race series in September through October; a Spring coaching conference; rider training camps; annual CycleFest dinner; and promotional outreach events at bicycle stores and pre-existing cycling events.

For information about the Colorado League contact Kate Rau kate@coloradomtb.org (720) 272-9282.

For further information about the Easton Foundations write to Caren Sawyer, Easton Foundations, 7855 Haskell Avenue, Suite 350, Van Nuys, CA 91406. or csawyer@esdf.org.

About the Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling League promotes personal development and teamwork through bicycle racing, and encourages the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders. The League makes high school racing the easiest route for juniors to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. The Colorado League was jump-started with a generous grant from the founding Colorado sponsor, Easton Foundations, and is supported by other generous sponsors such as founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components, Fox Racing Shox, GU Sports, and Primal Wear

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Girls divisions line up during the inaugural season of the Southern California League, by Michael McClure.

source: Matt Fritzinger

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