Kate Courtney & NICA Launch the 'Sparkle On' Scholarship for Student Athletes

Feb 12, 2021 at 8:28
by Ed Spratt  

Kate Courtney and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association have partnered to create a new scholarship for student athletes.

The 'Sparkle On' scholarship is a partnership between the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Kate Courtney, Scott, Syncros, SRAM and RockShox with the aim to recognize students who have demonstrated academic and athletic excellence during their time with NICA.

The program will award four seniors from National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) leagues with a monetary award of $10,000 each and mentorship from Kate and SRAM. If the chosen riders are without a bike sponsor and commit to race on Scott for the year will also receive a Scott mountain bike.

bigquotesI know from experience that the transition to college as a student-athlete is often difficult and wanted to create this scholarship as a way to help with the challenges of balancing college studies and racing. To me, excellence is not defined by race results or GPA, but in the attitude and effort with which individuals pursue greatness. I am excited to help support the next generation of NICA student-athletes as they continue to work hard and believe in their dreams. Kate Courtney

bigquotesHaving Kate establish this scholarship for NICA student-athletes is a testimony to her generous spirit and dedication to supporting the next generation of cyclists. The combination of academic excellence and the physical and emotional demands of racing help to build character traits that will serve these students and their communities throughout their adult lives. Steve Matous, President of NICA

bigquotesWe’re very excited to help support young talents on their journey as racers. Professional racing is part of our heritage here at SCOTT and Syncros, and it’s in the DNA of all our products. We believe that bringing more people, and especially young people, a program such as NICA is ideal and worth supporting. With one of our most iconic athletes, Kate Courtney, opening doors and paving the way for NICA talents, we couldn’t be happier to help see this scholarship come to life and to help support the future generation of racers Jochen Haar, Head of Bike Marketing, SCOTT Sports

bigquotesAs a founding partner and a platinum-level sponsor of NICA, we were thrilled to jump on board with Kate through the Sparkle On Scholarship. Investing in the long term development of riders and athletes alike matters to us. We’re honored to be included in this scholarship. Sander Rigney, VP of RockShox

bigquotesIt’s our responsibility to invest in future lifetime cyclists. Providing new opportunities, mentorship, and financial assistance aligns closely with SRAM and RockShox company goals so we’re super happy to support this scholarship David Zimberoff, VP of Marketing at SRAM

You can find out more here and additional information about the scholarship will be shared on March 1.

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  • 49 1
 I was a proud Dad when my daughter wanted to race mountain bikes and eventually raced in NICA. It's pretty cool what they do and if you look around at the racers, it's pretty clear it's the first time racing for some. Our area was very diverse in the female classes. I think it's great.
  • 34 1
 When you're out on an old man loop at tamarancho and a herd of NICA kids on a training ride come up behind you, you better dive into the brush - kids are beasts! Good job, KC!
  • 15 2
 and fun to watch them go. For me, always a lovely sight to see the diverse group kids that seem to be enjoying their day out. More kudos to KC and others encouraging and supporting this.
  • 20 0
 KC is really stepping up with this extremely good cause. Way to go, KC!
  • 19 0
 This is sick!
  • 13 0
 Excellent program! Thanks Kate and Scott & Sram
  • 9 0
 Much appreciated Kate
  • 6 0
 *This* is how we get more kids on bikes! As a former NICA coach and a teacher, I can’t wait to promote more actions like this. Way to go Kate!!!
  • 8 0
 Way to go Kate!
  • 6 0
 The SHARK is making sure there will be future sharks on the trails! Great job KC!
  • 5 0
 Kate gets it.
  • 3 0
 This is super cool, wish this was a thing when I was a part of nica
  • 1 0
 Well done. You're an inspiration to our 3 kids - 9 & 4 yo sons, --> especially our 7yo daughter! Keep on truckin'
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