Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an after-school program offered to girls in grades 6-8. It's a great opportunity for them to learn how to live healthy, bond with one another, and gain confidence through running and weekly lessons. The girls prepare for and run a celebratory 5K together in late spring. Faculty coaches are Michelle Angelo and Monika Kurzac.
New for 2016: GOTR: Heart & Sole
Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.
The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.
This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. Running the Girls on the Run 5K underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
Girls on the Run-Chicago is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of more than 200 councils across the US and Canada. GOTR is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) youth development program for girls that teaches 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.
This will be our third year in the GOTR program here at St. Juliana. Follow our GOTR blog, and the GOTR Chicago Facebook and Twitter suites. Catch some great inspirational videos on their YouTube channel.