Girls On The Run Worcester County Invites New Participants For 2023 Spring Season
The Fall Brook team (pictured at Assumption University) was led by volunteer coaches Tracey Cavaco, Erin O’Toole, Kelsey Bedard, Kayla Moschetti, and Tonia Young.
Registration is now open for Girls on the Run Worcester County participants. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident. The ten-week program incorporates running to teach critical life skills, encourage personal development, and foster team building and community service.
Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. Teams meet twice a week for 10 weeks, and the program culminates with all teams participating in a 5K event.
Girls on the Run Worcester County will serve over 30 sites throughout the 2023 Spring Season beginning the week of March 27th. The non-profit organization is currently seeking girls in grades 3 – 8 to participate in this transformative, confidence-building Spring season.
Jennifer Bolt, a coach with Girls on the Run throughout Fall 2022, stated that her school “saw girls develop new friendships — both in the program and around school,” as well as “demonstrate great pride and excitement in knowing that they can run a 5K.”
Similarly, coach Heidi Richard saw a transformation in her team, particularly in the Community Impact Project portion of the program. Each team completes this project to enhance their
leadership skills and serve their community. Her team chose to collect supplies to donate to a local animal shelter. “From speaking at all school meetings, to making an announcement over the intercom each morning for a week, our girls went above and beyond to spread the word and get their community involved,” Heidi said.
Girls in grades 3-8 can register today to be entered into “lottery status,” which gives each girl a fair shot to participate in the program. The lottery will run through February 3rd, and those who register during this period will be notified of their girl’s registration status no later than February 6th. Following this period, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization with local Councils in all 50 states. Founded in 1996 with 13 girls, Girls on the Run has now served over 2 million girls. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year. Girls on the Run is included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University, and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs. Girls on the Run is offered in more than 13,000 across the US.
For more information about coaching or registering girls in the Girls on the Run Worcester County program, visit www.gotr-worc.org.