All summer I had been working with a group of wonderful individuals to complete an application to bring Girls on the Run to Shreveport. On August 30th, we received official word that we were approved and Caddo Parish will be home to the next GOTR Council!
For those of you unfamiliar with the program, Girls on the Run is a 501c3 organization that empowers girls in 3rd – 8th grade. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. By the end of each season, the girls are physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K race.
This program means so much to me. When I lived in Washington, D.C., I worked as the Race Director for the Girls on the Run – DC Council. Every season I was always inspired and motivated by every young girl at our end of season 5K. Each and every girl always crossed the finish line with such enthusiasm and a sense of accomplishment that it was as if they each had just won the New York Marathon. I am SO beyond excited that Girls on the Run is coming to Shreveport!
We have a lot of work ahead of us – first step is raising $7,500! Yikes! You can visit our fundraising page here and you can also learn more about the program through this great 3-minute video.