The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association works to bring fun, exercise, and healthy competition to kids through cycling. MiSCA works with schools and other organizations to create cycling teams and clubs modeled on the collegiate cycling system. There are more than 700 kids and 250 coaches involved with MiSCA, and new clubs are formed frequently. The association, based in West Bloomfield Township, exposes kids to a sport that the nonprofit says is often overlooked and builds relationships, physical endurance, and self-confidence. In the fall, the association holds a six-event, youth-only mountain bike race series. One of MiSCA’s goals is to encourage more girls to be involved in cycling by creating girls-only events. They encourage girls to be confident enough to compete in a sport that doesn’t have many females while promoting equality. All MiSCA coaches go through a certification process including background checks, CPR/first-aid training, and more. There is financial aid available for students.