Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Medicine
  • Sports & Recreation


13194 South US Hwy 301Suite 379Riverview, FL 33578 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun, experience-based curricula that creatively integrates running. It is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PYD) program designed to enhance 3rd-8th girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on the development of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls. Trained, caring, and qualified coaches deliver the life skills curriculum during out-of-school times by guiding small teams of girls through twice-a-lessons that promote social-emotional learning concurrently with physical activity. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and completing a celebratory, non-competitive 5K event.


Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting positive social, emotional, and holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8. The curriculum includes lessons developmentally appropriate for 8- to 13-year-old girls. Before the season, volunteer coaches participate in a National Coach Training Program. This training prepares them to build relationships with girls, create a positive, inclusive supportive environment (including how to provide an inclusive experience for girls with disabilities), support individual improvement, create trauma-sensitive spaces, and deliver the intentional curriculum as intended. The program’s 10-week curriculum includes lessons that specifically target girls’ improvements in social-emotional learning. Through the program, girls learn critical life skills and behaviors such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict that they can use at home, at school, and with friends long after the program’s conclusion. Social-emotional learning have been shown to provide short- and long-term benefits to children such as positive social behavior, less emotional stress, fewer behavioral problems, and academic success.


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