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About this project
GOTR Council: Girls on the Run NYC
Project Created on: 01/22/2018
Project Type: SoleMates
Hi! My name is Cheryl Moy and I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This past spring, I volunteered as a coach for a Girls On The Run (GOTR) team for the first time, and learned that this program resonated with my own personal mission to inspire young women to be strong, healthy, and to find what makes them happy.
With running as an integral part of the program, GOTR uses a fun, experience-based, and intentional curriculum to help girls explore lessons on friendship, perseverance, motivation, overcoming obstacles, empowerment, and inspiration. These are all lessons I myself have learned and continue to learn through running.
Even through the season has come to a close, I would like to continue to support the program and the community of young women it inspires by fundraising for the program chapter in NYC.
Please help me reach my goal of $3,000.00 for GOTR NYC. Your generous contribution goes to ensure that every girl can participate, regardless of her ability to pay for the program.
Instilling Self Confidence
I would have benefited a lot from a program like GOTR when I was 8 and 9 years old. At that age, I remember being kind of shy, I loved learning math and science, and I had just started to need to wear glasses. In my head I was very quickly becoming one of the unattractive and awkward nerds. One of my favorite lessons this season was on self-talk because 9 year old me would have found it reassuring that I could grow personally without putting myself down. The girls would write a negative self-talk statement on a sticky label, and during their lap, think about how to change it to a positive self-talk statement. When they returned to the start of the lap, the girls would tell a coach the new positive statement, and then put the label on a balloon and grab a new label for another lap.
“I am not good enough” became “I always try my best” or “I can do it.”
“I am stupid” became “Everyone makes mistakes” or “It is ok to mess up.”
Then at the end of practice, with the balloon full of negative self-talk statements stuck on it, we popped the balloon! Imagine both feeling and actually seeing all that negative self-talk go away!
In addition to encouraging the girls to feel confident in themselves and to better understand who they are, GOTR’s curriculum also cultivates positive friendships and stresses the importance of teamwork.
I would not be able to run 26.2 miles without the support, encouragement, and perseverance of my running family. My running family gets me through the long, seemingly never-ending miles, and mental fatigue during the training season and the race. This is why GOTR resonates so strongly with me. At the end of the season, the girls complete a 5K event, and for many it will be their first 5K! It makes me smile to think about the girls experiencing and reflecting on the same euphoric feeling of support and encouragement that I have come to cherish.
The last part of the GOTR curriculum is to encourage the girls to find ways to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. It was inspiring to see the girls take on leadership roles and work together as a team. They brainstormed a lot of great ideas, defended their favorites, and then made compromises to decide on a community impact project. In support of the GOTR curriculum and how strongly I feel about the benefits of this program, my service is this fundraiser!
Developing a strong sense of self, cultivating solid relationships, and making community contributions are at the core of the GOTR curriculum, but they are also incredible opportunities for growth no matter how old a girls is.
My hope is that in support of this program, more girls will have the opportunity to early on gain a better understanding of who she is and what's important to her, recognize the value of herself, teamwork, and healthy relationships, build confidence to overcome the obstacles she faces, and know that she can positively impact and shape our world.