Kicking off a new season of Girls on the Run

Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System’s Girls on the Run (GOTR) Spring 2017 season begins next week! We have site locations in Greenville, Laurens and Pickens counties. Scholarships are available and offered in the online registration application at ghs.org/girlsontherun! Hurry, online registration will close Feb. 27.

The mission of Girls on the Run (GOTR) is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. It is the country’s largest physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) for 3rd- through 8th-grade girls and is designed to develop and enhance a girl’s social, psychological, and physical competencies so she can successfully navigate life experiences.

Since its inception, Girls on the Run International (GOTRI) has served over 1 million girls between 1996 and 2015! GOTRI has 225 councils now, located in every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.  Prisma Health Girls on the Run just celebrated its 10th anniversary and has served over 2,700 girls since 2006.

The 10.5-week program has 21 sessions and eight to 20 girls at each site location. The curriculum is designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, mental, and physical health. In turn, girls will learn 5C’s +1:

  • Develop and improve competence
  • Feel confidence in who they are
  • Develop strength of character
  • Respond to others and oneself with care and compassion
  • Create positive connections with peers and adults
  • Make a meaningful contribution to community and society

Learning these important life skills (which we call the 5Cs + 1) help girls navigate life’s challenges and decrease the risk they will engage in unhealthy and risky behaviors such as physical inactivity and negative body image.

The program culminates in a 5K race (May 5), which for many of our girls is their first experience running in a race. They finish the program with a newfound appreciation and respect for their bodies and a feeling of great pride in their individual accomplishments.

Our program cost is $199/girl for the 10.5-week season ($9.48/session). This fee includes a Girls on the Run t-shirt, water bottle, healthy snacks after every lesson, curriculum materials and race registration for the final 5K race. Scholarships are available when you register online! Our volunteer coaches are trained and certified Girls on the Run coaches who have completed background checks and are CPR/First Aid-certified.

For more information, contact:

Kim Hein, GOTR Council Director, (864) 455-4001, khein@ghs.org

Krista Young, GOTR Coordinator, (864) 455-3132, kyoung8@ghs.org

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