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To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
Girls on the Run helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University--a place where girls learn that they can. When asked what Girls on the Run was all about, one participant put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." We teach girls that there are no limits and no constraints to whom and what they can be - and that there are so many opportunities to be remarkable.
We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. We believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too-- for everyone--the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So laughter is also a big part of what our girls, families and coaches experience.
We also incorporate running into our curriculum. We use this activity to inspire and motivate girls throughout the 12-week program, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. In some cities this is a HUGE, community sponsored event and in others, it's a smaller but no less inspiring gathering of friends and family. This culminating celebratory event is the moment when the girls realize that event the seemingly impossible IS possible.
- Karen Peters
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