What is GRiT?
The GRiT program inspires young women to build confidence and empowerment through off-road cycling. Our goal is to increase the number of female student athletes and coaches on an annual basis. The GRiT program has a number of fun events designed to show young women the benefits of cycling and riding bikes with the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League! Join us during race season for our race pre-rides so we can check out the courses, meet female riders from other teams, and, mostly importantly, have fun!
Who can be a part of GRiT ?
· All girls who participate in the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League
· All women who volunteer for the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League as coaches, ride leaders or other roles.
· All women who support getting more girls on bikes and are committed to helping increase numbers of girls participating
in the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League!
2019 Event Dates and Information
January : Introduce new GRiT Ambassadors
February : Launch Kit Design Contest for 2019
March : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser
March : Launch mentoring program 2019
April : Chipotle Fundraiser in Athens
April : More Moms and Girls on Bikes Recruiting Event
May : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser
May : Pre-Season Event at non-race venue
June : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser
July : GRiT Leadership Workshop (with Georgia League Camp)
August : Bring a Girl to Practice Week
September : Race 1 Season Kick Off/Gear Swap/Meet Your Mentor
September : Race 2 GRiT Pre-Ride/Meet Your Mentor
October : Bartram Race More Moms on Bikes Event with Trek
October : Heritage Race Little Bellas Give it a Whirl (new chapter launching in Athens Spring 2020)
November : Race 5 end of season event
Check back soon for more information pertaining to events!
MEET GRiT GEORGIA LEAGUE LEADER, DAWN CHANDLER
Dawn Chandler grew up in Albany, GA, and later, she turned a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors into a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Georgia Southern University. Currently, she lives near Athens, GA with her husband, two sons and numerous animals.
Until recently, her biggest hobby was gardening and sustainable living, and she was a Chapter President of a women’s homesteading organization. When her youngest son joined the local Georgia League team and husband began coaching, she was not content to watch them have all the fun. She saved for her own bike and has had a growing passion for mountain biking ever since! “I am so excited to be working with the GRiT program and Georgia League. Being a part of our team and the league as a whole has been the best thing we have ever done for our family, said Dawn. We truly love it and cannot wait for the season to start!”
However, one of the things that she noticed as she started riding trails was a lack of ladies to ride with. She quickly became passionate about getting more women on bikes and having ladies group rides on the local trails. It is this passion that brings her to Georgia League to head the GRiT program for our state. She has big ideas and a huge desire to build a special community of girls in our great league!