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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller 09/19/2017 | General

One of my most treasured Girls on the Run lessons to coach is the Star Power lesson. During each season, the Star Power lesson inspires the girls to practice using visualization to positively impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The lesson also teaches strategies to activate and enhance our Star Power plus how we can help others activate theirs.

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Five Remarkable Women Who Are Defining Beauty on Their Own Terms

By Kenzie Kramer 09/01/2017 | Remarkable! People

How do you define beauty? Each Girls on the Run season, girls are asked to share what they think beauty means. After talking through their initial responses about outer beauty (“My babysitter is beautiful because she looks like Cinderalla!”), girls are asked to think about what characteristics make up inner beauty. Oftentimes, girls know what inner beauty means and their responses include someone who treats others with kindness, is brave, or isn’t afraid to be themselves. Now, more than ever, girls have opportunities to see women who stand up to beauty norms and celebrate what makes them different.

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Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD 08/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run senior vice president of programming and evaluation Allison Riley shares how she encourages her daughter to learn in a mastery climate, even at a very young age.

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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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Women Who Wow Us: Kate Parker

By Kenzie Kramer 05/25/2017 | Remarkable! People

When photographer Kate Parker chose twenty images of her daughters for a gallery show, not one of them sold. Now, Parker has created a book out of those photos and more photos showing the true strength and beauty of girls. 

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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD 05/25/2017 | General

The bathtub in our house has been clogged for about a week. So, a couple of days ago, I got out some tools to fix it and started in. My four year old daughter saw me and said, “Let Daddy fix it.” Daddy? Why Daddy? Because it’s a fixing thing? Why not Mommy?

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Reflections of a Happy Hair Captain

By Lisa Keller 05/25/2017 | Giving Back

At all Girls on the Run 5K events across the country, there’s a special area called the Happy Hair Station. The station is a fun-filled, high-energy environment where you can get your hair “happy” with colored hair spray and accessories. The Happy Hair Station is a magical place for all the Girls on the Run girls, coaches and community members to experience!

 

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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman 04/18/2017 | General

The Girls on the Run mission statement starts with, “We inspire girls to be joyful…” But what is joy, really? Thanks to the movie Inside Out, we may have a pretty adorable image of a spunky, energetic, blue-haired bundle of happiness as a permanent picture of how joy may actually look. But what is joy?

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Five Things to Know Before Your Kid Goes to Camp

By Kenzie Kramer 04/18/2017 | Fun & Games

The end of the school year is just around the corner - which means summer camps will be coming up shortly after! Whether it’s a day camp or sleepover camp, getting everything your child needs in order can be hectic. Help your kid have a great time at camp with these five simple tips.

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Three Team Unity Items Your GOTR Team Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer 03/21/2017 | Fun & Games

Throughout the ten-week Girls on the Run program, girls develop a stronger sense of self, learn to show care toward others and give back to their communities, all while working toward their goal of completing a 5K! To celebrate the connections made with teammates, many Girls on the Run teams wear a special unity item to their 5K event. 

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Five Fun Lap Counter Ideas for Your Girls on the Run Season

By Kenzie Kramer 02/21/2017 | GOTR Picks

We all need a little extra motivation sometimes! To help girls track how many laps they’ve run and to encourage them to push themselves, Girls on the Run coaches can have girls write check marks on their arms with washable markers or hand out a small item after each lap. Here are just a few of the creative ways we’ve seen coaches help their girls track their progress.

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Women Who Wow Us: Beatriz and Virginia Lozano

By Kenzie Kramer 01/24/2017 | Remarkable! People

Growing up, Beatriz and Virginia Lozano rarely saw themselves reflected in their history books. The sisters are now changing the narative of history classes by creating resources for kids that show women's impact on U.S. history and engaging students through games and other interactive learning tools.

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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch 01/04/2017 | General

When I signed up to coach Girls on the Run nine years ago, I fantasized about the running bond I would develop with my daughter. My back-of-the-pack rebel walker would have none of it. Girls on the Run may not have sold my daughter on running, but it shaped her soul.

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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson 01/04/2017 | General

It’s easy to become an adult and forget the lessons learned in GOTR. It’s safe to lean into fear and step back when I’m nervous or when I start to doubt my own abilities.  Then I remind myself that it’s all about baby steps.

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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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There Is No Better Friend Than a Sister

By Camille Grimsley 12/14/2016 | General

My experience in a sorority and at Girls on the Run taught me that sisterhood is not exclusive to biology or any one particular group. Sisterhood is everywhere.

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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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Printable Signs to Cheer on Your GOTR Girl During 5K Day

By Kenzie Kramer 11/15/2016 | Fun & Games

A Girls on the Run 5K event is a celebration like no other running event! Each 3.1 mile fun run brings together girls from different schools, their families and community members for an exciting day of big accomplishments. For many participants, these events are the first 5K that they’ve been a part of! If you know a girl participating in an upcoming Girls on the Run 5K, come out and show your support for her goals with one of these printable cheer signs. 

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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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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin 11/07/2016 | General

We all want the girls in our lives go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. Here are some tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals. 

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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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Protect and Empower

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/26/2016 | General

Parenting is a constant pull between protecting and empowering. Just like our program teaches, I want our daughter to be confident (but not too), competent (in things that matter), caring (but have boundaries), connected (to good and supportive people), show character (especially when it’s hard) and above all live a life that contributes to the world in a meaningful positive way. She’s 3½. Yes, a tall order.

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Healthy Family Traditions to Start This Fall

By Brittney Storm Rankin 10/17/2016 | Fun & Games

Take advantage of autumn's crisp temperatures and bright blue skies by participating in healthy activities with your family and friends. Think outside your normal routine to create meaningful traditions, reduce stress and get a fresh perspective on life.

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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran 10/12/2016 | General

Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident, and so much more. Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. I’ve been a coach for the past two years and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach (and learn) valuable life lessons from a group of amazing girls and inspiring coaches.

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Changing the Way We Compliment Our Girls

By Cheryl Unterschutz 10/12/2016 | General

Driving to work the other morning I saw a woman standing on the side of the road at the bus stop. She was wearing a beautiful, colorful dress and head scarf. She had a muscular body. My first thought when I saw her was, "She seems like a powerful and strong woman!" Defining what I saw in those terms caught my attention! Normally, when we see women and girls we evaluate them based on their outward appearance. We use terms such as beautiful, pretty, ugly, thin, fat, etc. I have been as guilty as anyone at doing this. 

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes That Kids Can Make

By Kenzie Kramer 10/11/2016 | Fun & Games

At each Girls on the Run practice, I try to ask each girl on my team at least one question about what’s going on in their life. “How was school today?” and “Did you do anything fun this weekend?” tend to elicit one-word answers from some girls but last week, my most recent line of questions about Halloween had even the quieter girls on my team eager to share. Each girl that I talked to told me about all of the details of their costume and why they chose the costume that they did. I learned about their favorite book characters, people they admire and how cool zombies are among some third grade girls. 

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Six Inspiring Girls You Should Know About

By Jami Bunton 10/10/2016 | Remarkable! People

October 11 marks the fifth International Day of the Girl Child, a day that focuses attention on girls’ challenges and triumphs. In December 2011, the United Nations designated this day to bring attention to girls’ rights and the issues that face girls around the world. At Girls on the Run, we strive to present positive role models to girls to show girls how they can boldly pursue their dreams. 

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Uncover a Challenge in This Throwback Playground Game

By Kenzie Kramer 09/27/2016 | Fun & Games

During Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole practices, girls participate in lessons that help them grow and develop new skills that help them outside of the programs. These skills include showing gratitude, ways to manage stress and practicing positive self-talk. At the end of each lesson, girls are encouraged to apply what they learned to situations outside of practice. Think you're up for a Girls on the Run challenge? 

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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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Is Your Tween Ready for School?

By Joy Hartman 08/24/2016 | Heart & Sole

School supplies? Check. Class schedule. Done. First day of school outfit. Yep. What else? As much as your daughter will tell you she will have everything she could possibly need after a quick trip to the mall to stock up on all of the latest fall fashions, we all know deep down there is so much more she is going to need to prepare for school. Middle school can be a difficult time with changing friendship dynamics. How can you prepare them for that? It’s easier than you think! Hang in here for a second. 

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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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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

By Heather Pressley, PhD 08/09/2016 | Heart & Sole

Let’s face it. Very few people view adolescence positively. It’s seen as something to just get through. Teens are depicted as turning away from adults and toward negative peer groups, making rash decisions and acting impulsively. Adolescence is negatively portrayed in the media, especially when it comes to girls. The mean girl persona permeates social media, music and movies. 

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori 08/04/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

What we tell ourselves matters.  In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear.  Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives. 

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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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Help Your Girl Keep Learning This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | Heart & Sole

Summer vacation is intended to be a break from classes but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to go on a hiatus. In the Girls on the Run middle school program Heart & Sole, girls learn about the importance of balancing what is called their Girl Wheel - made up of brain, heart, social, body and spirit. To nurture our all-around wellness, it’s important to maintain all parts of our Girl Wheel, even when school is not in session!

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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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How Your Family Can Give Back This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/12/2016 | Giving Back

When you think of summer, it’s likely that ideas of relaxing and taking things easy come to mind. While nurturing your emotional wellness is crucial, the laid back schedule and extra time means that summer can also be a great time to give back. At Girls on the Run, we teach girls the value of contributing to their communities and having a positive impact on others and this summer we’re encouraging you to gather your family and friends to work together on a way to impact your community.

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Five Reasons You Should Coach for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 06/23/2016 | Giving Back

When I was asked if I would coach my first Girls on the Run team this past season, I didn’t know what to expect but I was pretty excited about getting a shirt that said “Coach” across the back. Aside from the apparel, there are many other great reasons to coach for GOTR. Here are just a few. 

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Stop. Breathe. Think… to Calm the Storm

By Kira Montuori 06/22/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

The mom of a Girls on the Run participant shares how a lesson from the program has become key for helping her daughter navigate stressful situations. 

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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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What Is the Best Exercise for Girls?

By Joy Hartman 05/09/2016 | Announcements

You might think the answer is running since you are reading the Girls on the Run blog. It’s not. Could it be swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball? Nope. Well, not really nope. More like all of the above. Don’t you hate trick questions? The real answer is play. 

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Three Fun DIYs for 5k Day

By Kenzie Kramer 04/15/2016 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run 5ks, participants are encouraged to embrace the motto "Girls on the Run is so much fun!" with their attire. Teams from different program sites bond together through a team unity item that they wear during the event and girls can prepare for the event with their own goofy attire. Whether girls prefer fluffy tutus or sporty sweatbands, the 5k day gives them a chance to express themselves through their own outfits and connect with their team through a unity item.

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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer 04/12/2016 | Remarkable! People

When former magazine editor Erin Bried searched newsstands for a publication that her young daughter could enjoy, she was disappointed in what she discovered. Bried was hoping to see stories that would grow her five-year-old's curiosity but instead she came across articles about growing her hair. Determined to provide girls with media that helps them develop their interests and talents, Bried is using her 16 years of editorial experirence at SELF, Glamour and Women's Sports & Fitness toward starting her own magazine, Kazoo.

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Help Your Girl Get the Most Out of Her Girls on the Run Experience

By Caroline Holbrook 04/06/2016 | General

Supporting your GOTR girl while sharing and encouraging some of the strategies listed below can help make sure her experience is a memorable one. 

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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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The Race That Matters

By Kira Montuori 03/01/2016 | Wellness Tips

The other day my daughter asked if she could get a Fitbit. In my head I rattled off 28 reasons why this is a 'FO SHO NO'.  But don’t get me wrong, I think they’re great.  I have one. I'm not opposed to my daughter seeking to achieve, win, succeed and rise above.  In fact, I strongly and consistently encourage her to do so. I do, though, have deep reservations of doing so at the cost of a friendship. 

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Girls on the Run Changed My Perspective on Life

By Anna S. 02/29/2016 | General

No one is alone in the battle that is life. No one, I promise you. But I must admit that I didn’t fully understand that my whole life. I was quiet and sometimes lonely. I wasn’t alone, but I didn’t realize it. Not until I joined Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run changed my perspective on life.

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Printable Valentines for Friends

By Kenzie Kramer 02/09/2016 | Fun & Games

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and although the holiday's focus is typically on romantic love, it can also serve as a reminder to recognize all types of love in our lives including family and friends. At Girls on the Run, we encourage girls to express joy, optimism and gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions and for this February 14th, we're inviting you to as well!

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A First-Time Coach's Journey

By Lena Estey 01/14/2016 | General

Coach Lena shares how her GOTR season helped her to embrace love in her life. 

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How You Helped Us Make An Impact in 2015!

By Suzanna McCloskey 12/17/2015 | General

Thanks to our generous supporters, Girls on the Run was able to accomplish several key initiatives this year that allow us to reach more girls from coast to coast. We served our 1 millionth girl, launched our new middle school program — Heart & Sole — and created the GOTR Giving Platform for peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Join Girls on the Run in Celebrating #GivingTuesday!

By Suzanna McCloskey 11/16/2015 | Announcements

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday brings together networks of people, corporations, small businesses and nonprofits to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter charitable giving during the holidays. On December 1, Girls on the Run invites you to celebrate Giving Tuesday with our #GiveGOTR campaign!

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GOTR Girl Nassir Speaks at Campaign to End Child Obesity

By Amy Ellrod 06/12/2015 | Remarkable! People

GOTR Girl Nassir shared how Girls on the Run has boosted her physical-activity and her confidence at the Campaign to End Child Obesity’s 8th Annual Breakfast with Champions. Read her entire speech here.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Girl is One in a Million

By Celi Merchant 06/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Frida is one in a million. We reached out to Frida's coach about having her help with the filming of oour One in a Million video, and she let us know how special Frida is. Read on to learn more what makes Frida one in a million and watch the video.

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What Makes You One in a Million Contest Winners

By Celi Merchant 06/04/2015 | Announcements

In celebration of our One in a Million campaign, we invited our current Girls on the Run participants to answer the question “What makes you one in a million?”  We received hundreds of entries for the contest and were astounded with all of the incredible responses we received. We are excited to announce the 3 winners of the contest. 

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One in a Million Moments

By Celi Merchant 05/18/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run we know that empowered girls can change the world, and our curriculum helps our girls discover that. During the course of each 10 to 12-week program cycle, every Girls on the Run team completes a community impact project. The creativity and compassion the girl’s show through these community impact projects makes each one a shining, one-in-a-million moment for our organization and for the causes these projects support!

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One-in-a-Million: Kristen Snyder

By Pamela Young 03/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In this Q&A we hear from a recent Girls on the Run participant, 12-year-old Kristen Alexis Snyder. Kristen participated in Girls on the Run in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 4th grade. Hear what Kristen, now in 7th grade, has to say about being One in a Million.

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Activity: One in a Million Coloring Sheet

02/20/2015 | Fun & Games

Girls on the Run is celebrating serving our one-millionth girl! Because we know that every girl is uniquely one in a million, here's an "I Am One in a Million" coloring sheet you can print for your girl (or you!) to enjoy.

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Can-Do Spirit Leads to Disney 5k!

By Pamela Young 02/19/2015 | Remarkable! People

Third-grader Genevieve (Genna) Brennan is no stranger to obstacles, but her can-do spirit and positive attitude shine throughout everything she does, including Girls on the Run. Cigna, a National Partner of Girls on the Run, offered the opportunity for one amazing girl on the run to participate in the Disney Family Fun Run 5k in Orlando, and Genna’s story and qualities of leadership and perseverance made her their first choice! 

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Insight from Our Girls

By Pamela Young 01/29/2015 | General

Girls on the Run exists to inspire joy, health and confidence in the girls we serve. Why? Let’s let them tell you. In these snippets from essays and letters we received this past year, you’ll soon understand why we often say “our girls say it best.”

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DIY: Making a Paper Fortune Teller

By Pamela Young 12/23/2014 | Fun & Games

Do you remember making and playing with paper fortune tellers? Here's a template you can print, fold and color to make your own paper fortune teller! It's a simple craft activity to do while your kids are home for winter break... or even if you're just in the mood for some nostalgic fun. Enjoy!

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Activity: GOTR Spirit Coloring - Journaling Sheet

By Celi Merchant 08/15/2014 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run, we like to say “our girls say it best!” Here's a GOTR Spirit coloring/journaling sheet to help girls unleash their creativity and express themselves in a fun way.

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