The fall season of Girls on The Run is flying by and in just a few weeks my team of 60 girls and 10 coaches will be lining up next to hundreds of other girls to run our end of the season 5K race. Throughout these last 8 weeks of practice, I’ve seen my team of elementary school girls grow not only as individuals but as a team. Thank you to Target and Always #LikeAGirl campaign for sponsoring this post and supporting Girls On The Run. All opinions are my own.
Making A Difference: Girls On The Run
Although our Girls on The Run (GOTR) season concludes with a 5K run, this 10 week program is so much more than a running program. Each week, the coaches lead the girls through various exercises that provide them with the skills they need to problem solve some of the issues they may encounter and learn critical life skills. We discuss topics the girls face everyday such as bullying, standing up for what they believe in and advocating for themselves and others.
As their confidence grows, we see that translate into their desire to succeed with the physical aspect of the program. They set their own running goals each practice and we witness them become more sure of their abilities and the courage to strive to achieve them.
Growing up in today’s world, is far from easy and the rules are forever changing. GOTR aims to provide elementary aged participants with some of the skills they need to navigate the challenges they face everyday. If they can learn these important skills at a young age, it provides them with a foundation of skills to use middle and high school.
Target along with Always #LikeAGirl campaign has generously supported Girls On The Run with a one million dollar donation to the non-profit. This grant will allow GOTR to give access to the program to thousands more girls who might otherwise not have the resources to participate.
Last week, we had our practice 5K run, sort of a dress rehearsal for the big day in a few weeks. The aim is provide each girl with the confidence to know they have the mental and physical skills to tackle the end of the season 5K. Their spirit and sense of accomplishment is evident on all of their faces as they cross the finish lines with huge smiles. That is the reason why I coach Girls on The Run and hope that I can make a difference in the lives of the girls on my team.
There are so many ways to get involved with your local Girls On The Run Chapter. Check it out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of the girls in your community.