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ICONIC ATHLETE KATHRINE SWITZER TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT GIRLS ON THE RUN SUMMIT

12/23/2014

Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Girls on the Run Summit—an annual gathering of directors and board members from among the 225 councils of the nonprofit organization. Switzer will speak on the last day of the event, sharing her story of determination and courage that helped advance the status of women in sports.

Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. During the marathon—which had always been a men’s-only event—the race director attacked Switzer mid-stride and tried to physically remove her from the race. The photo of this incident created a world-wide uproar and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.”

Radicalized by the incident, Switzer has spent her life campaigning for sports equality for women. In addition to running 39 marathons and winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, she created the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s-only races in 27 countries and played a role in convincing the IOC to include a women’s marathon in the Olympic Games. In 2011 she was inducted into the U.S.A. National Women’s Hall of Fame for breaking barriers and creating positive global social change. Because of her, millions of women are now empowered by the simple act of running.

It is this advocacy for women’s empowerment, as well as her love of running, that makes Switzer an ideal selection to deliver the keynote at the Girls on the Run Summit. Girls on the Run is an empowerment program for girls in the 3rd – 8th grade, teaching them life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and creative running activities. At the conclusion of each program cycle, the girls complete a celebratory 5k that provides them with a lifelong memory of accomplishment.

 “We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” Says Girls on the Run CEO Elizabeth Kunz. “Kathrine Switzer not only embodies that vision, but she blazed the trail for countless women and girls to pursue their dreams.”

The 2015 Girls on the Run Summit will be held January 18-21 in San Diego and is where Girls on the Run chapter leaders  from coast to coast come together for motivation and learning. The Summit will also kick off Girls on the Run’s One-in-a-Million campaign—a 6 month national campaign celebrating Girls on the Run serving its millionth girl in 2015. The campaign will highlight the impact of the program by showcasing the accomplishments of Girls on the Run volunteers and alumna. Girls on the Run is also marking the occasion by committing to raise one million dollars to serve its next million girls by 2020.

For more information about Girls on the Run® visit www.girlsontherun.org.

For more information about Kathrine Switzer visit www.kathrineswitzer.com

 

Sivo Insights Makes a Special Donation to Girls on The Run

10/28/2014

Sivo Insights, a Twin Cities-based consumer insights firm, announced today a very special donation to the non-profit organization, Girls On The Run. In lieu of sending a traditional gift to clients this year, the company will make a donation to the organization on their behalf. The effort reflects Sivo Insight’s philanthropic focus and dedication to partnering with customers to celebrate a higher cause.

Girls On The Run is a non-profit organization committed to helping girls in grades 3rd – 8th foster healthy self-images and discover their limitless potential. Marilyn Weiss and Cindy Blackstock, the founding and managing partners of Sivo Insights, recognize the wealth of benefits to activating female self-confidence through running, an activity that promotes physical, psychological, and emotional awareness.

“We too were once young girls with the desire to succeed,” says Marilyn Weiss, founding partner of Sivo Insights. “Through the love and encouragement of others we discovered the confidence to dream big, and today we are founders of a successful, women-owned qualitative market research firm.”

The companies’ support for Girls On The Run also stems from personal experience. Just five months after completing her final round of chemotherapy in her battle against breast cancer, managing partner Cindy Blackstock, competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. Despite the physical setbacks of cancer, Blackstock was determined to continue pursuing her passion of running and competing in triathlons.

“Cindy Blackstock is our "runner" literally! And that girl can RUN!” says Weiss. “We are so proud of her for finishing the Iroman World Championship event last October (swim, bike and RUN!) Her warrior-like attitude and unwavering courage continues to inspire us all.”

Girls On The Run aims to support and inspire girls, who will spread the values of empowerment to others. “That’s why we chose to support this dynamic and relevant organization with such a critical mission,” says Blackstock.

In addition to donating three percent of their annual profits to Breast Cancer Awareness, Sivo Insights has decided to create a charitable focus that honors the partnership between the company and their clients. “By offering our customers an opportunity to engage and participate in something meaningful, it also creates a unique sense of empowerment,” says Weiss.

About Sivo Insights

Sivo Insights is a full-service consumer insights firm specializing in custom qualitative research. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., the company boasts a marquee list of clients including General Mills, Best Buy and General Electric. Their services include in-store intercepts, focus groups, shop-a-long, customer interviews and more. Every day, Sivo Insights professionals navigate the constantly evolving expanse of consumer preference and behavior, helping clients navigate the gray and ensure success.

For more information, please visit www.sivoinsights.com or call 612-567-6830.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade, giving them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash their limitless potential! Using engaging lessons and fun movement activities, the curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and helps each girl understand and celebrate herself, value relationships and teamwork, and realize her power to impact the world!

Contact:
Cindy Blackstock
612.567.6830
cindy@sivoinsights.com

 

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Girls on the Run Renew Commitment to Building Strong Girls

08/27/2014

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Girls on the Run International® announce a new level of engagement in their national partnership to inspire girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential. 

“Gamma Phi Beta is thrilled to expand our commitment to Girls on the Run,” said International President Krista Davis. “We are committed to Building Strong Girls together, and our members are dedicated to supporting Girls on the Run. As women building strong girls, we couldn’t hope for a better partner than Girls on the Run – together we can positively support today’s girls as we foster the female leaders of the future.” 

For nearly a century, Gamma Phi Beta has worked to improve the lives of young girls by not only building strong girls, but also stronger communities through them. In this partnership with Girls on the Run, the sorority’s network of 132 collegiate chapters, 163 alumnae chapters and thousands of members across the continent will provide support financially through fundraising and philanthropic giving, and locally by volunteering with Girls on the Run councils from coast to coast. 

“Gamma Phi Beta has a long history of inspiring women to become strong leaders,” said Girls on the Run International CEO Elizabeth Kunz. “Girls on the Run is excited about partnering together to create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential!” 

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization that teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running. The Girls on the Run® curricula provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. During the 10-week afterschool program, girls sharpen their independent thinking skills, celebrate their unique strengths and realize their power to make a difference in the world. 

About Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority

Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority was founded in 1874 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. The Sorority’s mission is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, the Sorority has chartered 180 collegiate chapters across the United States and Canada, and has more than 191,000 collegiate and alumnae members worldwide.

About Girls on the Run International

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k run – an experience that unleashes their confidence and establishes a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

CONTACT: 

Maureen Walker 

Director of Marketing and Communications 

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority 

303.799.1874 

mwalker@gammaphibeta.org

 
 

Famous Footwear and Girls on the Run Partner to Inspire Joy, Health and Confidence in Girls Nationwide

08/19/2014

 Sharing a commitment to inspire girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential, Girls on the Run® and Famous Footwear today announced a national partnership. 

"We look forward to helping girls across the country as they achieve their goals through the Girls on the Run program," said Will Smith, chief marketing officer of Brown Shoe Company Retail. "At Famous Footwear, we know the right shoe is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so having the opportunity to support Girls on the Run is a victory for all."

In connection with its Victory Is Yours campaign, Famous Footwear will partner with Girls on the Run to showcase moments of victory from participants, volunteers and parents. Throughout the year, these stories will be featured digitally and via social media channels to promote healthy choices. The partnership will also bring a variety of benefits to local Girls on the Run councils and participants nationwide including increased exposure for the program, encouraging new participant sign-ups, and discounts on footwear for upcoming races for existing members and coaches.

"Through this partnership, Famous Footwear underscores its commitment to inspiring girls to lead healthy, active lives . . . feet first," said Elizabeth Kunz, chief executive officer of Girls on the Run International.

Famous Footwear, a division of Brown Shoe Company, has been in the business of selling shoes for more than 50 years. With nearly 1,100 stores in the U.S. and Canada, and a thriving online presence, Famous Footwear believes in putting customers and their communities first. Through their Victory Is Yours campaign, Famous Footwear promises to deliver a winning experience with the hottest name brands, an easy shopping experience, and quality styles for the whole family.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running. During the ten-week afterschool program, girls sharpen their independent thinking skills, celebrate their unique strengths and realize their power to make a difference in the world. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k run—an experience that unleashes their confidence and establishes a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. 

About Girls on the Run®:  www.girlsontherun.org.

About Famous Footwear: www.famousfootwear.com.

 

Girls on the Run Receives Longitudinal Research Grant

07/15/2014

Girls on the Run International is pleased to be the recipient of a grant from the Reemprise Fund, which will support a longitudinal research study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program on positive youth development. The funding will allow GOTR to conduct the rigorous research necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of the program and ensure long-term sustainability of the organization.  Dr. Maureen R. Weiss, University of Minnesota (http://www.cehd.umn.edu/kin/faculty/mrweiss.html), and Dr. Rita DeBate, University of South Florida (http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/cfh/Rita+Debate+PhD.htm), established youth development researchers, will conduct the longitudinal study over the course of three years.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running and other physical activities to optimize physical, social, and psychological development. The GOTR curricula is the heart of the program, providing pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths as they enter middle and high school. In addition, physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a GOTR 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.   In 2013, 217 councils in 47 states and Canada served 147,000+ girls, engaged 72,000+ volunteers and hosted 259 5K events.

The Reemprise Fund grant, which was established at the Foundation for the Carolinas to encourage entrepreneurial ventures by nonprofits, will allow Girls on the Run to build upon the success the program has already realized. Results from this study are essential to the future growth and success of the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Allison Riley, Vice President, Programming and Evaluation, at ariley@girlsontherun.org.

For more information about Reemprise Fund, go to https://www.fftc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=2998.

 

Spring 2014 Secret Essay Winners Announced!

06/11/2014

We are excited to announce the 5 winners of Secret’s annual essay contest. Through this contest contestants were encouraged to share ‘How does Girls on the Run give you confidence to pursue your dreams'! Essay winners will each receive $500 and their council will receive $3,500. Many thanks to our National Sponsor, Secret for their support of Girls on the Run!

3rd – 5th Grade

Jaelyn – GOTR of Tri County, SC

Refa – GOTR of Magee-Womens Hospital

Shaylee – GOTR of Northeast Florida

Sarah – GOTR of Ottawa & Allegan Counties

6th – 8th Grade                 

Savannah – GOTR of Central New York

 

Garmin's SoleMate of the Month: Why Amy Runs to Empower Girls

05/20/2014

"Becoming a SoleMate was the logical evolution of my involvement with Girls on the Run. I have coached teams with my daughter and without my daughter, am a Team Adelaide member, and have encouraged everyone with a daughter to participate in this outstanding program. "

Learn more about Amy and why she is a SoleMate on Garmin's blog: http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/2014/05/solemate-of-the-month-amy-bencomo-gotr-silicon-valley.html#.U3t_6PldVOE

 

Girls on the Run Announces Partnership with Black Girls Run!

05/09/2014

Today Girls on the Run International announced its partnership with Black Girls RUN!, that encourages African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.  

“Girls on the Run International and Black Girls RUN! share a common goal of promoting healthy lifestyles to women and girls,”  said Elizabeth Kunz, President of Girls on the Run, “Members of Black Girls RUN! have long supported our girls as coaches and parents and we are enthusiastic about sharing their mission with the mothers, friends and family of our participants.”

“As a Girls on the Run coach, I see firsthand the impact the program has on motivating girls to be healthy and active,” said Toni Carey, founder of Black Girls RUN!. “We look forward to involving our members in inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.”

This partnership will connect women to like-minded organizations focused on ensuring all girls have the opportunity to know and activate their limitless potential.  Some ways Black Girls RUN! and Girls on the Run International will work together include:

  • Encouraging BGR! members to participate as GOTR volunteers, coaches or SoleMates
  • Engaging GOTR families, coaches and volunteers to participate in BGR!
  • Ensuring African-American girls can participate in GOTR by providing scholarships for participants in minority/majority schools
  • Supporting the missions of each organization through awareness and co-branded messaging

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

About Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. The organization has grown to include more than 70 running groups across the nation with more than 96,000 members.  The group was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African- American community and dispel the myth that black women do not run.  The groups include beginner and experienced runners and provide a support system to help members reach their fitness goals. Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires all women to run. For more information about Black Girls RUN!, visit www.BlackGirlsRUN.com.

 

We Are Very Excited to Introduce Our New Digital Storybook!

05/02/2014

When the weather turns stormy, what's a Girls on the Run team to do? Find out how girls unleash their creativity and make lasting connections through the LEGO Friends Building Exercises.
http://www.girlsontherun.org/lego-story

 
 

Coach of the Year 2014

04/17/2014

GOTR coaches are one of the BIG reasons why Girls on the Run is so much fun! Girls can express why they believe their coach deserves to win the annual Coach of the Year Award through writing, coloring, drawing, painting, bedazzling… you name it! Spring program participants can submit the Spring 2014 Entry FormAll entries must be postmarked June 15th, 2014. 

GRAND PRIZE: 

  • The Coach will receive $1,000 and a trip to the January 2015 Girls on the Run Summit!
  • The council will receive $500!
  • The participant whose nomination was selected will receive $100!

RUNNER UP PRIZES (two selected):

  • The Coaches will receive $250
  • The councils will receive $250
  • The participants whose nominations were selected will receive a Girls on the Run fun bag!

Spring 2014 nominations will be combined with those collected in the fall 2013.  Please email contests@girlsontherun.org with any questions.

 

Garmin's SoleMate of the Month April 2014

04/10/2014

"I want to send a different message to our young girls — a message that empowers girls to love and accept themselves right now in this moment and one that truly values health and wellness in all aspects of life." Read more from SoleMate Lauren on Garmin's blog. 

http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/2014/04/motivate-the-next-generation-join-solemates-for-girls-on-the-run.html#.U0DLyPldU3C

 

Girls on the Run Twin Cities Lead is Cigna 2014 Volunteer of the Year

04/08/2014

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – April 4, 2014 – Kori Carlson, a co-founder of the Twin Cities chapter of Girls on the Run (GOTR), has been named Cigna's (NYSE: CI) Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

Carlson, a business product senior specialist at Cigna, was one of two co-founders who built a chapter of Girls on the Run International in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area. The organization nurtures the strengths of girls in third through eighth grades by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident. Certified Girls on the Run coaches empower girls with the skills and attitudes to live a healthy lifestyle during a critical time in their development.. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event.

Carlson’s dedication toward helping girls develop skills through running came from her own experience on her high school cross country team and, later, though the loss of her mother to cancer. In 200- Kori helped launch the Salt Lake City chapter of Girls on the Run. When she moved to the Twin Cities in 2008 and found there was no local chapter, she knew she had to start one.

“Running helped me through so much,” Carlson said. “It helped me find my place and experience sportsmanship and the support of a team when I was in high school and then it gave me an outlet while I was grieving the loss of my mother. I wanted to help give girls the chance to grow as I did through physical activity.

“To have my employer’s support is so important to the success of Girls on the Run in the Twin Cities. I’m so grateful to be named Volunteer of the Year, especially since I was chosen for the honor from so many Cigna employees who do such great work in their communities,” Carlson said.

“By bringing Girls on the Run to the Twin Cities, Kori has directly affected the health and well-being of hundreds of girls,” said David Cordani, Cigna's CEO. “Cigna employees take those extra steps to help those we serve in our work and in our communities. Kori is a prime example of this. We’re proud to have her as part of our team and we’re thrilled to honor her as Cigna Employee of the Year.”

The Cigna Foundation also announced today that Girls on the Run was named a 2014 World of Difference Grant recipient.

Carlson will be honored with a $5,000 donation to Girls on the Run in the Twin Cities from the Cigna Foundation and a $2,500 personal award from Cigna, which she will receive today at a luncheon with Cigna CEO David Cordani at the company’s Bloomfield, Conn. headquarters.

The Cigna Volunteer of the Year is chosen by the Cigna Foundation, with input from the Points of Light Hands on Network, from twelve volunteers recognized monthly throughout the year.

 

About Cigna and the Cigna Foundation

Founded in 1962, the Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

 

About Girls on the Run International

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity–based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. At Girls on the Run, trained and supportive coaches and volunteers teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community, all while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. For more information about Girls on the Run® visit www.girlsontherun.org.

 

 

 

Girls on the Run Named as 1st Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grant Recipient

04/07/2014

BLOOMFIELD, CT – April 4, 2014  – The Cigna Foundation today announced its first World of Difference grant to Girls on the Run (GOTR) International, a program that nurtures the strengths of girls in third through eighth grades by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident.  The Cigna Foundation established the new $100,000 grant program this year to work with nonprofits who are improving children’s wellness, senior care, women’s health and health equity – which represent the four social priorities for Cigna's corporate responsibility platform known as Cigna Connects.  Grant recipients are chosen according to Cigna’s mission and opportunities to work with Cigna toward achieving meaningful change with measurable impact in health and well-being.   

“Cigna has a strong brand promise: We’ll nurture your unique strengths to help you achieve your full potential.  We look forward to expressing our brand through supporting Girls on the Run – an organization dedicated to enhancing all aspects of a girl’s development,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. 

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls which teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls develop their competence, confidence, character, compassion, connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to their community and society all while preparing to complete a celebratory 5k run.

“Our partnership with Cigna brings us another step closer to achieving our vision of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” said Elizabeth Kunz, President, GOTR.

Support from the Cigna Foundation will enable GOTR to increase the number of US participants in grades 6-8, when levels of physical activity often decline, and to assess the feasibility of international expansion.  Cigna's support to GOTR will help empower girls with the skills and attitudes to live a healthy lifestyle during a critical time in their development. This early involvement increases the likelihood that those healthy lifestyles will continue into adulthood-- helping young women stay healthy, and helping them shape the health of their families and communities, too.

“Investing in girls now will enable them to better define and pursue their own healthy futures as women, both in terms of physical health and the well-being that produces strong leaders and role models,” Figliuzzi said.

 

About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 80 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About Girls on the Run International

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity–based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. At Girls on the Run, trained and supportive coaches and volunteers teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community, all while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. For more information about Girls on the Run® visit www.girlsontherun.org.

 

Girls on the Run is Now a Partner With Charity Miles

03/12/2014

We are pleased to announce that Girls on the Run is now a  featured charity with Charity Miles! Charity Miles is a free mobile app that lets you raise money for your favorite cause while you walk, bike and run! It is as easy as downloading the app, selecting Girls on the Run and getting started with your workout! The app works at the same time as your other running apps and for each mile you run 25 cents is donated to Girls on the Run! Download the free app today and use your daily run to make a difference! 

 

We Want to Hear Your Story

02/28/2014

During a Girls on the Run Season, there are many opportunities to learn and grow. How were you inspired? What act of kindness did you witness? How did Girls on the Run impact you? We want to hear your story. Please visit our Facebook page and tell us your story. 


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We are Excited to Honor our 2013 and 2014 Award Winners

02/20/2014

Girls on the Run International announced its 2014 Legacy Award, 2013 Wondergirl Award recipient, 2013 Coach of the Year and the 2014 Pacesetters at the annual Girls on the Run Summit held in San Antonio, TX. 

The Legacy Award is an annual award that pays tribute to an individual who has played a considerable role in the organization’s success. It honors someone of extraordinary significance and is the greatest mark of distinction that our organization bestows.

Girls on the Run International recognized Patti Murphy as the 2013 Legacy Award recipient for her instrumental contributions to building Girls on the Run as an organization.

Patti Murphy first joined Girls on the Run in 1999, when she coached her daughter’s third grade team. She continued to coach two seasons for the next three years. When Girls on the Run was established as a nonprofit organization, Patti joined the first board of directors and became the board chair in 2001. She built the board from the ground up, adding skill sets that the organization needed – Accounting, Technology, Business Operations, Marketing, Fund Development.  She wrote the bylaws, ensured taxes were being filed and created finance, fund development and marketing committees.  She conducted a compensation study in 2001 in order to hire the first employees. Once a small staff was in place, she conducted performance evaluations and remained deeply involved in the day in and day out office operations.  

 In 2000, when Patti first joined the Board, the organization was comprised of 9 councils serving 682 girls.  By the time she completed her board service in 2006, the organization had grown to 135 councils serving 23,415 girls. 

The Coach of the Year Award is an annual award that honors Girls on the Run coaches. Coaches are nominated by girls who express why they think their coach should win through writing, coloring, drawing, painting, or bedazzling the nomination form. The two runners up, Stevie Lowery Girls on the Run of Central Kentucky and Sue Gronow Girls on the Run Stark County, Ohio. Congratulations to our 2013 Coach of the Year, Laura Smelas Girls on the Run of New Jersey East.

The Wondergirl Award is an annual award that honors and recognizes Girls on the Run alumnae who are embracing joy, health and confidence in their lives. The contest invites former Girls on the Run participants to share how their GOTR experience influenced the choices they made in high school, college or beyond.  Interested alumnae enter by sharing their story about how Girls on the Run has empowered them to activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.  Cammy Nelson was honored as the 2013 Wondergirl. Cammy is a leader and an inspiration to girls across the country. In her work as a health and wellness speaker Cammy uses the lessons she found in Girls on the Run to give her courage and confidence as she addresses key issues surrounding body image with teens today.

The annual Pace Setter awards honor exceptional council work in the areas of Fundraising, Council Management, Capacity Building, Volunteerism and Marketing.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2014 Pace Setter awards! GOTR East Central Illinois for Fundraising, GOTR Utah for Council Management, GOTR Northern Virginia for Capacity Building, GOTR Northwest Illinois for Volunteerism and GOTR Butte County for Marketing.  

 

Garmin's SoleMate of the Month February 2014

02/17/2014

Kristi from Southeastern Michigan in Garmin's SoleMate of the Month! She has a powerful message to a driver who taunted her on a training run. Run strong Kristi! 


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Girls on the Run International is an Amazon Smile Charity

02/11/2014

Girls on the Run is proud to announce that we are now an official Amazon Smile charity! Select Girls on the Run International when you shop and a donation will be made by Amazon to Girls on the Run. Learn more at: http://smile.amazon.com/about

 

Girls on the Run Sweaty Bands

02/07/2014

We are excited to announce that Sweaty Bands is now selling special Girls on the Run bands on their website! The custom bands reflect our GOTR Spirit and energy! Shop online and a portion of the proceeds is given to Girls on the Run. Visit http://www.sweatybands.com/en/shop-sweaty-products/exclusive-sweatys/exclusive-sweatys/girls-on-the-run.aspx to get yours today! 

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Girls on the Run Announces Partnership with the LEGO Group

01/22/2014

Girls on the Run International is pleased to announce our new national partnership with the LEGO Group. The partnership will incorporate an activity adapted from the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology into the GOTR curriculum which is designed to further develop girls' social, psychological and physical skills. Girls in grades 3 through 5 will engage in solo and group building challenges that will tap their creativity and hone their problem-solving, critical thinking and social skills.

"Our LEGO partnership is born from our common goal of unleashing confidence through accomplishment," said Elizabeth Kunz, president of Girls on the Run International. "We're excited to offer this new LEGO Friends building activity to our nationwide councils so girls can use bricks to tell stories that help them embrace their differences and discover their strengths."

"Given our mission to provide meaningful play experiences to children," said Michael McNally, brand relations director for LEGO Systems. "We are proud to support Girls on the Run and their creative approach to teaching important lessons in understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. We are excited to see how this LEGO-based activity will spark meaningful conversations and allow girls to show not just what they made, but also what they're made of."

Girls on the Run councils will receive LEGO Friends building sets.  The sets will be used as a rainy day or bonus activity where the girls will have the opportunity to grow their confidence while using their creativity. The goal of the activity is to have the girls learn about themselves and their team through using their bricks to create stories about their accomplishments.  

 

Garmin's SoleMate of the Month January 2014

01/13/2014

Jamie completed the most magical marathon on earth, the 20th anniversary of the Disney World Marathon, along with her daughter Maddie. Read how this mother-daughter duo are making every step count and raising funds to help up to 26 girls experience Girls on the Run and why this race was so special to them.


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