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About this project
GOTR Council: Girls on the Run NYC
Project Created on: 01/22/2018
Project Type: SoleMates
I'm BACK! Back in the New York Groove (played to the song New York Groove - Ace Frehely)
Two years ago, in the basement of Jack Rabbit's running store, I made the wonderful decision to become a Girls on the Run (GOTR) volunteer. Going all in, I also made the commitment to run the 2016 NYC Marathon as a Solemate. Since then, I have become an avid GOTR NYC volunteer participating in countless events and supporting where I can. I am part of the Special Events Committee, Social Committee, and a 5K Lead Volunteer. I believe in this organization and their mission and that is why I am running again as a Solemate in the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon.
So what is Girls on the Run?
Girls on the Run mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
GOTR teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event, one of the most special days of the year for all of the GOTR participants and volunteers. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Why I became a GOTR SoleMate?
Here in NYC, GOTR services nearly 1,500 girls in 4 of the 5 boroughs. Currently 60% of the girls in the program come from low-income communities. I have seen firsthand what this program brings to so many amazing young girls and I want to help and keep the organization growing and evolving so it can reach more and more young runners.
Growing up, I played baseball. Hardball. Exclusively with boys until the age of 13. I didn't have another girl on my team until I started playing high school varsity softball at the age of 15. Having a coaching staff and team of strong, confident, like-minded women growing up (like GOTR) would have benefited me more than I could ever imagine.
Nowadays, girls are bombarded with countless messages about their worth, their image, and their abilities. GOTR helps them to become authors of their own stories. THAT is why GOTR is so important to me. I am all in.
Why are you running a third marathon?
I don't run because training is super fun, and black toe nails are a really cool battle scar. I run, for the feeling of race day. The culminating day of all my hard work, along with 50,000 others hard work coming to fruition. Race day is a magical day, where the sense of accomplishment that washes over you when you cross that finish line, is beyond any words that I can articulate.
This run will be bigger than me. This run will be for the young girls who don't believe in themselves, who feel they are not enough, who feel they cannot achieve the same level of success as boys. This run will show these girls the exact opposite. THEY ARE ENOUGH! They can do it all. I run, so one day they can run as the best versions of themselves. I run for these girls.
Please join me in continuing to fund and support one of the most amazing organizations I have ever been a part of. In 2016, we raised $3,716 for Girls on the Run with YOUR support, and I can’t wait to see what we do this year.
Funds raised by SoleMates, provide girls scholarship and subsidy support to participate in this life-changing program.
Quick Stats on Donation Amounts:
$35 can sponsor a pair of running shoes for one girl
$150 can fund healthy snacks and a pair of running shoes for 3 girls in our program
$300 can support a full season scholarship, and healthy snacks and running shoes for one girl
$1,500 can support 5 girls (equivalent to half a team!) for a full season!
Please help me make a difference for these amazing girls once again.
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The TCS NYC Marathon is the race.
Nov 4, 2018 is the day.
With your support, it will mean so much more. Please help me put meaning to the miles.