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Born to Inspire: A GOTR Coach Celebrates Her 90th Birthday

By Suzanna McCloskey on 02/15/2016 | Remarkable! People

At Girls on the Run, we’re turning 20 this year and celebrating our birthday all year long. The past 20 years of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident would not be possible without the hundreds of thousands of volunteer coaches who have donated their time to Girls on the Run. But we’re not the only ones celebrating a birthday. Coach Beverly, a coach with Girls on the Run Orlando, is turning 90 today, and we want to celebrate her as an inspiring example of someone willing to activate her limitless potential at any age!

“Look at how lucky I am! That’s a big number, that’s for sure,” Beverly said.

This spring, Coach Beverly is coaching her second season of Girls on the Run—and loving it! She said she wasn’t ready to do the “early bird dinner type of thing” after she retired (just last year) and finds coaching for Girls on the Run a great way to stay active and give back to her community. 

“The girls are like sponges and absorb everything you talk about,” Beverly said. “Seeing it’s getting through to them is what I get out of it.”

Beverly has an active lifestyle but cannot run with the girls during practice. When the girls complete their laps, she cheers them on or walks with them at her own healthy pace. In return, the girls hold doors open for her and ask her how she’s doing. It’s a great example of the girls needing her and also offering Beverly support as well.

Coach Beverly spent most of her life in Boston and was very career focused, working as a model and eventually owning a modeling and self-development company. She moved to Florida in the early 90s and continued teaching self-development. As a teacher since the 1970s, she said it was right up her alley to continue teaching as a coach. 

“At Girls on the Run, we teach kindness, how to be a good friend and how to feel good about yourself by taking care of yourself and being kind to others. That’s what it’s all about,” Coach Beverly said.

When asked what advice she would give to GOTR girls, Beverly said, “Be the best you can be, and when you look in the mirror, know you’re a beautiful person inside and out. You should always carry that thought with you.” It’s advice she also gives her granddaughter, a middle schooler who is in Heart & Sole, the program for girls in 6th – 8th grade from Girls on the Run International.

Does Beverly inspire you as much as she inspires us? If so, find your local Girls on the Run council and volunteer your time to make a difference in the lives of girls today!

 

Suzanna McCloskey

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Suzanna is the Marketing Services Coordinator at Girls on the Run International, where she serves as the project manager for all marketing collateral, manages the weekly e-newsletter for Girls on the Run councils and works closely with the Partnerships and Programming Departments. She comes to Girls on the Run with a background in nonprofit communications and is thankful for the opportunity to help girls lead joyful, healthy and confident lives.

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