Michigan Youth Cycling's History
The idea of the Michigan Youth Cycling (MYC) program was forged on a cold December night ten years ago 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 personal, professional, academic, and cycling 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 community based initiative to introduce children to cycling and a junior development team devoted to junior cyclists.
Another development that MYC is really excited for is the partnership that has been formed with the Wolverine sports club. Together, the MYC/Wolverine Junior Developmental team will expand in new and bigger ways. The goal of the program is to aid in the development of youth as a student, community member and athlete. Team members will be monitored for academic performance. Additionally, community service will be required.
"The vision of the program has evolved and grown quite a bit since that cold night in December," says Matt Baroli, 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."
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.