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Posts tagged with "GOTR Councils"

GOTR Spirit in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

By Molly Mayo 12/22/2017 | Announcements

We never could have planned for a natural disaster, but what came next was unexpected in the best of ways. Before Harvey had even left the Houston area, we were already hearing from Girls on the Run councils and teams from across the country who were looking for ways to help and checking in to make sure we were okay.

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2017

By Kenzie Kramer 12/19/2017 | Announcements

It’s been quite a year for Girls on the Run! In 2017, we celebrated twenty one years since the start of our programs. Our 220 councils served over 200,000 girls across the United States with over 14,000 teams led by 53,000 remarkable volunteer coaches. There were many memorable moments in 2017 thanks to the awe-inspiring girls in our programs and the coaches and supporters who make Girls on the Run possible, but here are just a few that stick out.

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At Seven Years Old, This Girls is Already Helping All Girls Be Joyful, Healthy and Confident!

By Kenzie Kramer 10/05/2017 | Remarkable! People

At Girls on the Run, we believe you’re never too young to make an impact! Emelie, a seven-year-old future GOTR girl in New Jersey, has already gotten a start on giving back to her community - hosting two lemonade stands raising over $700 to support Girls on the Run New Jersey East!

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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller 07/26/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or perhaps, we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.

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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/21/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. The story below was submitted to Say it Forward by Coach S. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here.

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Women Who Wow Us: Geanna Culbertson

06/20/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Geanna Culberston is an award-winning author and sponsor of Girls on the Run Los Angeles. Through her books, The Crisanta Knight Series, Culbertson tells stories of a strong female protagonist who is defining her own destiny. 

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Working Hard to be Joyful

05/25/2017 | General

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. GOTR staff member Liz Johnson shared her story of how she welcomed more joy into her life. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here

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From Boston Strong to Nancy Strong

04/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

Nancy Heydinger is the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Nancy, a longtime GOTR supporter, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib to represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon.

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"What I Lack in Speed, I Make up for in Heart"

04/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

Beth Gillespie is the founder and former council director for Girls on the Run East Central Illinois. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Beth, who has been involved with Girls on the Run for nine years, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib and represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon. Beth is currently using her training to inspire other middle-of-the-pack runners to boldly pursue their dreams and is a part of the Hyland's all-women team.

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Meet the Girls on the Run SoleMate Who Raised Over $100,000

By Kenzie Kramer 04/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

During each Girls on the Run practice, girls are asked to set a lap goal of how many laps they’ll complete that day, slowly but steadily increasing their goal at each practice. With each Ironman event that Girls on the Run Cincinnati SoleMate Jessica Leonard has completed, she has also set goals for herself – first challenging herself to raise $10,000, growing it to $20,000 and eventually totaling $100,000. To date, Jessica has completed four Ironmans and raised an astonishing $104,000!

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Girls on the Run Coaches Are Truly Remarkable

By Kenzie Kramer 02/22/2017 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run encourages girls to embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Just like GOTR girls, GOTR coaches each bring their own unique experiences and backgrounds to their Girls on the Run teams.

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Women Who Wow Us: Mary Wineberg

02/16/2017 | Remarkable! People

As an Olympic gold medalist, Girls on the Run coach Mary Wineberg is able to show the girls she coaches how far hard work and dedication can take them. Coach Mary shares why Girls on the Run shares a special place in her heart and how her experience as an elite athlete influences her as a coach for Girls on the Run Cincinnati

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Girls on the Run Advocate Leaves a Legacy of Courage

By Kenzie Kramer 01/26/2017 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run San Diego board member and coach Monika Allen was best known for her colorful tutus, even more vibrant personality, and courage throughout her battle with brain cancer. 

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Girls on the Run Coach Changes Girls' Lives for 15 Years

By Kenzie Kramer 01/24/2017 | General

When Girls on the Run coach Kira Wilsterman was told by another teacher that Katie, a third grader on her team, had used the lessons she learned in practice to stand up for herself and others, Kira knew that the time she spent with the girls on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons was worthwhile.

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer 12/21/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we served nearly 200,000 girls, completed over 11,000 Community Impact Projects and were able to provide almost 44 percent of program participants with scholarships!

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5 Ways That GOTR Girls Positively Impacted Their Communities This Season

By Kenzie Kramer 12/15/2016 | Giving Back

Each season, Girls on the Run participants across the country identify what communities they are a part of and work together to come up with a project that they can complete to positively impact one of the communities. Whether they’re doing something for their classroom or for military members overseas, completing a team Community Impact Project helps girls recognize that they can make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Doing "Good4Girls"

By Lauren Cunningham 12/15/2016 | Giving Back

Hundreds of women and community leaders came together through the power of fitness to raise awareness and funds for Atlanta’s chapter of GOTR!

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Gratitude on the Run

By Jennifer Helfrich 11/29/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

These girls may not understand it now, or even think about it in the future, but they have each taught me something about every single one of the lessons we have discussed; about teamwork, about real beauty, about friendship, about positivity, about compassion, about physically and mentally healthy behaviors, and yes, about gratitude.

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Why It’s Fun, and Valuable, to Get Scrappy

By Natalie Swan 11/29/2016 | Giving Back

While training for the 2015 Chicago Marathon, I chose to fundraise for Girls on the Run. The message of empowering young girls through running spoke to me and I wanted to make a difference. Fundraising proved tough, especially since many of my friends and peers got involved in other organizations trying to accomplish their fundraising goals. Realizing I needed to infuse creative, out-of-the-box thinking, I got together with a best friend of mine.

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Girls on the Run Changes the Lives of Adults, Too

By Hana Bieliauskas 11/15/2016 | Giving Back

When you make even a small impact on the life of one girl, your whole world changes. Having served as a Head Coach, 5K Marketing Chair and now as a Board member for Girls on the Run, in two very different geographic locations, I’ve found that young girls everywhere share the same curiosity, drive, honesty and eagerness to learn and discover—and some girls and experiences will leave a mark forever. 

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Why I Give to Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 11/15/2016 | Giving Back

During each Girls on the Run season, girls are encouraged to think about what they’re grateful for and share ideas about how they can express gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions. At Girls on the Run, we’re grateful to have the support of passionate individuals whose investment in our program helps ensure that all girls have the opportunity to participate. Thanks to our generous donors, over 44% of the girls in our program receive scholarship support so that they can become a girl on the run. 

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Finding My Passion Through Girls on the Run

By Whitney Cipolla 11/07/2016 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run helped me realize as a college student that I wanted to continue to work with youth to help kids reach their full potential.

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What Is a Day at The White House Without a GOTR Cape?

By Carrie Johnson 09/27/2016 | Announcements

When we had the chance to attend a summit about Trauma-Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline last week, we said “yes”!

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A Serendipitous Tale

By Jennifer Helfrich 09/12/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

As I am about to start coaching the very first season of Girls on the Run in my community, I cannot help but reflect on the events that have led up to this moment.  The word “serendipity” occurs often when I think about GOTR, and even more often when I talk about it.  

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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

09/01/2016 | Announcements

Big or small, everyone has struggled to find their place at some point. In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book The Littlest Bigfoot, self-conscious Alice Mayfair is having trouble finding a support system after starting at yet another new school. Alice finds a friend in Millie Maximus, a Bigfoot who is fascinated by humans and is hopeful that they’ll accept her fearless nature and yearning to be a star. 

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321 for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 08/24/2016 | Remarkable! People

In Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole, girls engage in lessons about being supportive teammates and choosing to encourage others. Recently, five members of the Girls on the Run charity running program SoleMates put these lessons to use and teamed up to support each other on a 321 mile bike ride across the state of Missouri, raising over $8,000 for Girls on the Run programs in their state.

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Supporter Sings His Heart Out for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 08/24/2016 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run wouldn’t be possible without the help of our generous supporters. Fundraisers and individual donations help Girls on the Run International and our councils in all fifty states create programs for girls, provide scholarships for girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in programs and much more. We’re grateful for all that our supporters do and are amazed by the ways that they use their own passions to support girls in their communities. 

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Finding Strength in Connectedness

By Kenzie Kramer 08/17/2016 | Remarkable! People

When Girls on the Run of Gaston County Executive Director Kathleen Boyce started working with Girls on the Run, she was seeking more meaningful work and an opportunity to give back to her community. While she was inspiring girls in her community to be joyful, healthy and confident, Kathleen was also raising her own four daughters, each of whom have impacted Girls on the Run in their own way.

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Building Strong Girls as a Girls on the Run Coach

By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | Giving Back

As a Girls on the Run national partner, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority’s members support strong girls through volunteering and fundraising for Girls on the Run. Through their philanthropic efforts last year, Gamma Phi Beta members raised over $400,000 to support girls’ limitless potential and dedicated hundreds of hours to volunteering with local Girls on the Run councils. Erin Coates, one of the Gamma Phi Beta members who has volunteered as a coach, became involved with Girls on the Run after serving as Philanthropy Chair for her chapter. 

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GOTR Supporters Go for Gold

By Kenzie Kramer 08/04/2016 | Remarkable! People

In Girls on the Run, girls are encouraged to set big goals and boldly pursue their dreams. This year’s Olympics, the ultimate “dream big” athletic event, will bring together athletes from around the world who have dedicated their lives to their sport and have worked hard to follow their dreams of becoming Olympians. At Girls on the Run councils across the country, we’re fortunate to have Olympians as both role models and supporters for girls in our programs.

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Women Who Wow Us: Coach Tanya

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | Remarkable! People

As a result of radiation from Chernobyl, Tatsiana Khvitsko was born without fully developed legs. Now, as a double blade runner, Coach Tanya inspires girls to boldly pursue their dreams.

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GOTR Girls Give Back

By Kenzie Kramer 06/09/2016 | Giving Back

This season, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole girls completed over 8,100 projects across the country to help people in their community be joyful, healthy and confident! Here are just a few of the remarkable ways that girls contributed.

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What Were You Born to Do?

By Kenzie Kramer 05/23/2016 | GOTR Picks

This year, Girls on the Run is celebrating 20 years of inspiring girls to activate their limitless potential. One of our core values at Girls on the Run is to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions which is why we're asking YOU to join us in expressing joy over this milestone birthday. 

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Born to Support: Triplet Sisters' Teamwork Contributes to Program's Success

By Kenzie Kramer 04/08/2016 | Remarkable! People

During the Girls on the Run season, girls learn to encourage and support their teammates through games and goal setting during practice. Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana’s Executive Director Jill Schlueter-Kim has had an extra support system during her time with the program - her triplet sisters Jane and Jodi. 

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Girls Set Goal of Making Recess Fun and Accessible for All Students

By Kenzie Kramer 03/22/2016 | Giving Back

When the Girls on the Run team at Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton, New Jersey was prompted for their Community Impact Project ideas, some of the girls were inspired by a field trip that they had taken to Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum and chose to raise funds for playground equipment that's adapted for children with handicaps. 

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

By Suzanna McCloskey 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!

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: November Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey 11/12/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Did you know you can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform? Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project today!

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Could You Be the Match for Coach Shahonna?

By Suzanna McCloskey 10/20/2015 | Announcements

Mother, encourager, optimistic, determined. Those are just a few ways to describe Coach Shahonna, a two-season Girls on the Run coach who is in search of a bone marrow donor and critically needs your help.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: September Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey 09/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: August Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey 08/05/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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What's New with the One in a Million Celebration?

04/10/2015 | Announcements

The festivities continue for Girls on the Run serving one million girls! As the girls in our program are preparing for the 5k events that celebrate the conclusion of each program season, we are celebrating serving our millionth girl with two virtual festivities! Here's how to join in the fun.

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One in a Million!

By Pamela Young 02/15/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where all girls know their limitless potential. And more than that, we are working to make that vision a reality. That is why we’re so excited to share that Girls on the Run will serve our one-millionth girl this year! We invite you to celebrate with us! Here's how. 

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