Nonprofits across our region empower people of all ages and from all walks of life. Today, we are profiling Girls on the Run Western North Carolina, a local branch of an international organization that helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.
What is Girls on the Run?
Girls on the Run® (GOTR) was established in 1996 in Charlotte, NC as a life-changing nonprofit for girls in grades 3–8. What started with one school and 13 young women has grown to an international program, including 225 councils in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
With the help of nearly 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served over 193,000 girls in 2016 and hosted more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States. That makes the GOTR 5K series the largest in the country! Girls on the Run also manages a middle school program, Heart & Sole, which is dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.
Girls on the Run Western North Carolina is an independent council of Girls on the Run International. They are dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her potential and is free to pursue her dreams.
The Girls on the Run Curriculum
The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Girls on the Run groups meet twice a week in small teams of 8–15 to learn life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified GOTR coaches and includes three parts:
- Understanding ourselves.
- Valuing relationships and teamwork.
- Understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate participants, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion, the group and supporters complete a 5K run, which gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement, as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
Join the Next Girls on the Run 5K
The Fall 2017 Girls on the Run 5K is scheduled for 10:00am on December 3 at the Asheville Outlets. The GOTR 5K is a family-friendly, non-timed event that offers a pre-run dance party and sponsor booths to visit. All registered 5K participants receive finisher refreshments, and those who register before the deadline will receive a t-shirt. Because the GOTR 5K medals signify completion of the 10-week program, only GOTR and Heart & Sole participants receive medals at the finish line.
Get More by Giving Back
At Beverly-Hanks, we believe that everyone—regardless of age or gender—should have the opportunity and means to Live the Life You Choose. We encourage you to get involved with Girls on the Run if their mission speaks to you.
You can help local children now and in the future by giving of your time and money to an organization like Girls on the Run that means something to you. Reach out to Girls on the Run or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local nonprofits in your community.
Girls on the Run
50 S French Broad Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville
Images Courtesy Girls on the Run