My first experience with Girls on the Run was when I was a GOTR girl in 3rd grade. To me, this was an afterschool club that me and my friends would meet at to spend more time together outside of the classroom. But looking back Girls on the Run was so much more. It is where I learned that I am strong, capable, and able to create meaningful relationships with others. Fast forward 11 years and I am now a coach teaching other girls that they can be all of those things and more.
Girls on the Run is a after school program for girls in 3rdthrough 5thgrade. Girls in the program participate in learning activities that help them to build their confidence and teaches them practical life skills, as well as participating in running activities to prepare them for a end of the year 5k. This organization is so important as it is teaching girls that they can do anything they set their mind to. These girls will grow up to be important figures in society, and with these lessons I truly believe we are setting them up to be strong confident leaders.
I owe a lot of who I am today to Girls on the Run and the lessons I learned there. As someone who both participated as a girl and coached 2 of her own teams, I can say that Girls on the Run is an important philanthropy that is worth the time and money, it is a philanthropy that prides itself on its service to others, and is a philanthropy that is dedicated to building strong girls to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Written By: Ashlyn Houston, PC: Fall '17