After a successful fall season, Girls on the Run is back this spring with both virtual and in-person options for girl empowerment in the Long Island area.
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit that aims to inspire 3rd- to 8th-grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through running and other physical activity. Each GOTR practice is led by trained volunteers who teach important life lessons such as standing up for oneself, setting and achieving goals, and managing emotions.
This past fall Girls on the Run quickly adapted its research-based curriculum and engaging programming to serve girls in the community amidst the global pandemic. Practices are already held outdoors. At practices, participants and coaches maintain social distance and utilize extra sanitation materials. On bad weather days, rain dates or virtual lessons that mirror the in-person lessons can be used if necessary.
More than 100 girls participated in the fall and coaches, caregivers, and Girls on the Run staff were all inspired by the results.
“This has been such a positive experience for our daughter! We have even noticed a very positive change in her overall attitude and behavior!” –Parent of 4th grade fall season participant.
“I wasn’t so sure when my husband signed up our daughter for this program as she’s not very athletic, but I was wrong. She really enjoyed it and looked forward to going to practice every Wednesday and Friday. And the best part, she met new friends. Thank you!” –Parent of 5th grade fall season participant.
In the spring, the organization will host both in-person and all-virtual teams during its 8-week program. Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, Girls on the Run is able to offer financial assistance to ensure no girl is ever turned away due to her financial situation.
Like the fall, Girls on the Run will continue to follow protocols to keep girls and coaches safe and adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines. Flexible programming will allow all in-person lessons to transition to a virtual platform if needed, and a 100% virtual program will also be offered as select sites for the 8-week spring season.
Spring 2021 Program
This 8-week program begins the week of March 22. Teams of 3rd-5th grade girls will practice twice a week for 75 minutes. Teams are available throughout Nassau County and parts of Suffolk County. Girls will complete their end-of-season celebratory 5K on Saturday, June 5th at their respective sites, adhering to local guidelines. Registration is currently open as room is available for our 15-person teams. Register online at www.gotrlongisland.org
Those interested in volunteering as a coach are encouraged to apply at www.gotrlongisland.org/coach.