Ladies, an opportunity to make a difference to a young athlete
Girls on the Run
We believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run (GOTR) curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
Ladies, here’s where you come in…
The Richland School district hosts this program at two schools. The culminating event is coming up Saturday, November 23rd to celebrate the end of a successful season by participating in a 5k event. This race is the same as the Jingle Bell Run. Every GOTR needs a running buddy to help encourage them and run with them during the race. Sad to say, at one of the schools, Jefferson Elementary, only a very small handful of the girls had a family member or a family friend sign up to run with them…so the majority do not have a running buddy. The running buddy has to be 16 or older. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Leah Jensen by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let her know that you are responding to be a buddy with a GOTR athlete at Jefferson Elementary. Any other questions, feel free to contact Tammy Smith.