For those that don't know "Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Our curricula addresses all aspects of girls' development - their physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being." (GOTRI website) The program is for elementary and middle school girls and ends with a group 5K.
Today I went to a Coach Training session to learn more details about the program and sign some paperwork. I am going to be an assistant coach at an elementary school so I will be at one (of the two) practices every week. While there I got to meet some of the other coaches in the Orlando area. We watched a video in which Molly Barker, the founder of GOTR, shared her story and why she started the organization. We then went over how the program works, what is involved, and how the lessons are organized. Lori, the director, was nice enough to get us a delicious lunch from Jason's Deli. I enjoyed a chef salad and half a chocolate chip cookie.
During the break I saw my first ever Operation Beautiful note and it was great one so I had to take a picture! I was going to bring it up to the group when Lori mentioned the project herself. She learned about it from the GOTR conference that was in Arizona last week, where Caitlin spoke. I explained that that was how I discovered Girls on the Run. It kind of all came full circle!
After studying our materials we headed outside where we got to teach and participate in a lesson. It was lots of fun! We got a feel of the topics that are discussed and the entertaining workouts and prizes the girls get each practice. All of the other coaches there were super nice and friendly. We all had a great time!
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There are lots of volunteer options for Girls on the Run from a SoleMate to a Coach. If you are interested you should definitely check out the website and see if your city has a GOTR council!