Tell a girl she can. The first time she hears it may be from you.
Confidence fuels the idea, “she can.” There are times we need to hear it and times we need to say it. As we build strong girls, their joy, health and confidence grow and become our own.
"There is a spark in every girl. That spark gives you confidence. Girls on the Run has helped me find that spark and I will help others find their spark, too. Because everyone has one." -2016 participant
Ana’s tank was nearly empty as she reached the final quarter mile of this year’s GOTR 5K. Her teammate, Lucy, stayed with her the entire race – walking, running, sometimes sitting - but they kept going. As their approach to the finish was announced to the thinned-out crowd, one team remained: “Who will cheer for them?” asked one girl. As a group, and without coaxing, a handful of girls ran back out onto the course and cheered from behind as Ana and Lucy crossed the finish line.
We invite you to empower girls and add your positive message to the growing Girls on the Run community.
With nearly 40% of the 600+ girls in our program receiving financial assistance on a sliding scale, your support empowers girls who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate.
A $200 gift will support one girl in our program. Help us reach our $15,000 goal by the end of the year!
What We Do
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula that include dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event.
Why It Matters
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic success declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.
You can empower girls.
Every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world.
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.