Girls on the Run is a nation-wide program that got
its start in Logan County a few years ago. It emphasizes social
development and self-confidence blended with physical activity for
girls in 3rd-8th grade. Chapters are based in schools with volunteer
leaders and coaches provided curriculum.
Local chapters include: Carroll Catholic, Central, Northwest,
Washington-Monroe Grade School and West Lincoln Broadwell schools in
Lincoln; New Holland - Middletown School and nearby Illini Central
Grade School, Mason City.
The girls will be going to a large regional Celebratory 5K Run that
begins at 10 a.m. on May 20th at Lincoln Land Community College.
Tuesday’s run was launched with a Lincoln Police squad car and
Lincoln Fire Department fire truck in the lead. Loads of family were
there to cheer the girls all along the 5 K or 3.2-mile trail, twice
around the park.
On Tuesday the respect for each and every one was evident and the
atmospheric energy was abounding in primo girl power.
Fourth grade teacher Desirae Winter said she had looked forward to
working with the girls this year and really appreciates what it does
in building them up. All the leaders and coaches expressed the same
in their enthusiasm this day, and the girls reflected all that
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The mission of Girls on the Run states:
We inspire girls to be
joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based
curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Designed to allow every girl to
recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum
inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout
the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and
celebrate all that makes them unique.
Girls on the Run is a
transformational physical activity based positive youth development
program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through
dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program
culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared
to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program
is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a
lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
The Girls on the run program is open to girls 3rd-8th grade. The
program curriculum provides lessons that "encourage positive
emotional, social, mental and physical development."
Girls on the Run moto:
"We believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.