I love working at Girls on the Run.
I feel great about our mission, our core values, and our ideals. This organization is all about empowering young women to be the best version of themselves and develop self-esteem that will carry them through the rest of their lives. I love coming to work every day and being part of this.
I can see the difference we are making on the faces of the girls who participate in our program. I have been to many races and many finish lines, and I’ve never before witnessed the pure joy and sense of accomplishment of the girls at the Girls on the Run 5K.
It’s not just about running or crossing the finish line -- it’s about girls feeling great about themselves and knowing they can accomplish anything they set out to do.
It wouldn’t be possible to provide such a high quality program and fantastic 5K experience for the girls without the support of our generous sponsors and partners. We receive incredible assistance from so many individuals, corporations, and organizations. We are so proud to have a national partnership with Asics®, and extremely grateful for their generous donation of shoes for some of our girls who don’t have access to athletic footwear.
This year, I was asked to coordinate the shoe giveaway program, and I am so grateful. It seemed like just another task until I got to see the effect first hand. The joy on the faces of the recipients and the heartfelt thank you emails from the parents made it an incredible experience. Spreading happiness, helping families in a meaningful way, making it possible for girls to reach their full potential -- I got to see it all, first hand.
As he watched his girls try on their new shoes, one father turned to me and said, “I like Girls on the Run because it's all about helping girls and woman. It’s a really good thing.”
I was surprised by the number of tears that were shed by parents picking up free shoes for their daughters. It may seem like a small thing, but to them it meant that someone was on their side, someone cares about their daughter, someone wants to help. The well-being of their daughters is their main priority...and it’s ours, too.
We also had the opportunity to deliver shoes to the entire team at the Maryland School for the Deaf. It was a warm afternoon, and the girls stood in a circle on the blacktop, closely watching the instructions of their coach. It was almost perfectly silent as the coach explained that they would all be getting a new pair of shoes in sign language, and the group erupted into applause and cheers. The task of helping each girl find their perfect size was an incredible joy because of the contagious excitement of the girls. The girls ran with extra energy and enthusiasm that day.
I’m proud to be part of this organization and honored to have been chosen to oversee this wonderful project.