In May the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced its 2019 National Awards honoring both Mountain Bike Coach Anne Rock and fearless rider Bella Anzideo '22.
Coach Rock, who started AIM's Mountain Biking Program and runs the Middle School Outride program, is the recipient of the Quality Bicycle Products Community Impact Award - honoring an individual whose dedication to high school mountain biking has resulted in positive impacts on youth, the community and the organization.
"I'm honored to be part of the AIM Community where administrators welcome innovative programs that benefit kids," Rock said. I" tried unsuccessfully for years to get mountain biking at schools. Thanks to NICA, there was finally a platform to train coaches and get kids safely on bikes. The weekends spent camping, racing, cooking out, and exploring different parts of Pennsylvania with AIM students and families is reward enough."
Anzideo is the recipient of the GU Energy Extraordinary Courage Award recognizing student-athletes who have persevered through challenging circumstances and overcome adversity to develop and excel as a model student-athlete.
Rock shared that Anzideo was selected from student-athletes in leagues across the country for her demonstrated courage and grit. She participated for a full year in AIM's Outride Riding for Focus program as a middle schooler and then continued to shred as one of the few girls on the upper school NICA mountain bike team.
"I've never seen anyone persevere through difficulties as Bella has," Rock said. "Mountain biking has helped her develop resilience, confidence and skills. Even when she rides by herself, she knows that her fellow cyclists are with her in spirit and that helps motivate her through challenges."
“Mountain Biking has helped me come out of my shell," said Anzideo. "I would recommend mountain biking to anyone who wants to challenge themselves. Receiving the "NICA Extraordinary Courage Award" means the world to me! I want to thank Ms. Rock, all the coaches, my teammates, and NICA."
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