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About this project
Project Created on: 07/16/2017
Project Type: SoleMates
It is my honor to announce I am running a half-marathon in support of Girls on the Run: Greenville! If you don't already know Girls on the Run, I am so excited to introduce you:
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
So what does Girls on the Run do? Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, the program teaches life skills through dynamic lessons and running games. The first third of the 12 week program helps girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, the program looks at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect and shape the world… ALL while training for their 5K race!
I often wonder what my teenage years and adulthood would have been like if I'd been introduced to Girls on the Run at the age where they reach girls, between 8-13. Growing up, I struggled with my body image, depression, anxiety, and overall confidence. I struggled with bullying in elementary and middle school and that impact stayed with me well into my adult life. Luckily, I had opportunities in sports through my schools which encouraged athletic performance instead of the acknowledging the pressures of “being pretty” that teenage girls receive from all angles in society.
Just recently, I started running again and training for half marathons. After graduating college, moving to a new city, and acquiring a 9-5, I found myself with free-time I didn’t know what to do with. The post-move stress led to searching for an outlet, and in the process, I fell in love with performing as an athlete again.
I wish I had the Girls on the Run program as a young girl, however I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be involved now!
I truly believe every girl should have this opportunity with GOTR, which is why I am running another half marathon (13.1 miles) on October 28, 2017 at Spinx RunFest in Greenville, SC, and I am asking for your support. As a donor to Girls on the Run, you can help support this empowering program, too. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Girls on the Run relies on the generosity of parents, friends, and community members like you in order to serve all girls, regardless of ability to pay.
Gifts of all sizes are welcomed and will have an immediate impact on Girls on the Run:
$35 can sponsor a pair of running shoes for one girl
$50 can fund a pair of running shoes and program snacks for one girl
$199 can support a season scholarship for one girl
All gifts are tax deductible. Please consider donating to GOTR to help empower girls within your community. Thank you again for your support!