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GRiT Ambassadors

Apply Now to Serve as a 2022 GRiT Ambassador!

The deadline for consideration is January 19, 2022.

Applicants will be notified no later than January 21, 2022.  

GRiT ambassadors are role models that organize, outreach, support and encourage other female student-athletes to find joy and empowerment through cycling. GRiT ambassadors are always thinking about ways to bring more girls into the sport, and particularly girls from all races, geographic regions, and socio-economic backgrounds. GRiT ambassadors are inclusive, and full of stoke for cycling. They are also welcoming, positive, supportive, kind and passionate about life.

GRiT Ambassadors represent the League and their fellow athletes and are guided by NICA’s core values:

Fun: NICA inspires friendship, joy, and adventure.

Inclusivity: NICA believes everyone should be able to participate in our programs and feel welcomed, respected and supported.

Equity: NICA is committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.

Respect: NICA expects consideration for all others, oneself, and the outdoors.

Community: NICA unites diverse people, families and communities through cycling by creating fun and welcoming experiences.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities for GRiT Ambassadors include, but are not limited to:

  • Wearing GRiT Ambassador kits proudly and often. When asked about your kit, talk about GRiT. Each selected Ambassador will purchase a Texas GRiT kit (Jersey and bibs/baggies). If an Ambassador is on scholarship, the kit price will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Posting about GRiT on Social Media (if possible). If you have access to social media, we ask that Ambassadors make at least 2 posts per month on Instagram and on another social media platform (Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook…your choice) about GRiT and league activities. Talk about a GRIT event, summarize a race, talk about getting #moregirlsonbikes. We will leave the content up to you but take pictures with your GRiT kit and use the following hashtags (among others if you chose): #txmtbgrit #moregirlsonbikes. Also, please tag @nicagrit.texas and @texasmtb on Instagram!

  • Attending at least one pre-season GRiT event. The schedule with the event will be posted once the events have been scheduled (This will happen after the season ends).

  • Representing GRiT at the tent during activities on race weekends. There will not be events at every race. When we do have events at races they are a lot more fun when the tent is filled with GRiT ambassadors! Wear your GRiT kits/t-shirts while hanging out in the tent.

  • Joining three or more GRiT Pre Rides during the race season. During the pre ride, offer to ride with other riders or with a specific group. As Ambassadors to the sport, it is important to offer assistance, riding tips, chat on the trail and maybe even sing a song or two while riding with others. The goal is to highlight the fun side of the sport and create a welcoming environment.

  • Spreading the word! Besides social media and planned events, you can get the word out by talking about mountain biking and GRiT, inviting friends to events, and being a positive role model on your team and in your community. The sky is the limit!

  • Always adhering to the NICA Student Code of Conduct or the NICA Coach Code of Conduct.

  • Acting as a mentor to other female student athletes or female coaches.

  • Representing GRiT in your geographical region by attending at least one Texas League recruiting event.

  • Optional – Contributing content for GRiT in Singletrack Times.

Selection Process

GRiT Ambassadors will be selected through a competitive application process.

Eligible students will be active NICA high-school athletes who have not received any disciplinary actions. Students should be academically eligible and not failing any classes. Head coaches will be asked to verify that the student is in good standing and will serve as a good representative of the Texas Interscholastic Mountain Biking League.

Students will serve one-year terms and may reapply each year as long as they fulfill their Ambassador commitments. 

Applicants will be considered based upon their demonstrated connection with NICA and its values, their participation in NICA activities (racing is not required) and demonstrated commitment to the development of mountain biking and getting #moregirlsonbikes. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.