The idea of the Michigan Youth Cycling (MYC) program was forged on a cold December night back in 2000, when a diverse group of cyclists, parents, and health enthusiasts met in a living room in Pinckney, MI to lay the foundation of what would become Kids Race Sports Development Inc., now a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Though each person in attendance brought different professional, academic, and personal experiences to that initial meeting, all believed in the need to support junior development while promoting cycling as a lifetime activity to children and youth throughout Michigan. Because this need has so many different components, the organization formed two separate programs: a junior development team devoted to junior cyclists, and a community based initiative to introduce children to cycling.
Along that same path MYC wanted to start recognizing student athletes by awarding scholarships in an effort to support their educational endeavors. With that the Iceman Cometh Scholarship award was formed. The award is given out each November at the Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike race in Kalkaska, MI, where junior cyclists race to be the top 5 fastest male and female riders in hopes of earning a monetary scholarship ($4000.00 in Scholarships) for their educational endeavors. In addition to the Iceman Cometh Scholarship, we will be offering a scholarship for the top 3 male and female riders with our Barry Roubaix Junior Scholarship Award ($1000), Woodward Loop Ride Scholarship Award ($1000) and Steve Brown “Aka Iceman” Junior Cyclist of the Year Award.
Another development that MYC is really excited for is the partnership that has been formed with the Brian Matter and the Michigan Tech Junior Development Camp. Together we will be able to expand and promote our Developmental camp in new and bigger ways. The goal of our program is to aid in the development of the youth as a student, community member and athlete. Team members will be monitored for academic performance and community service is required. Additionally we will be donating $500 to MiSCA (Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association).
“The vision of the program has evolved and grown quite a bit since that cold night in December,” says Jess Richard, executive director of MYC. “We just want to get kids involved, whether that’s taking them to the level of going to Nationals and or just taking them out on the local Tuesday night training ride for their first time.”
As you can see MYC is not only an advocate for physical activity and access to healthy competition but they are also about life balance. Along with balance, MYC is dedicated to providing the forum for the development of skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, sportsmanship, leadership and socialization that our youth so desperately need in this day and age.