Thursday, August 30, 2012

Not my usual drivel . . .

Today, I'm writing about something important.

I'm very excited to tell you about an organization called "Girls on the Run" that is coming to Ardmore and the surrounding area.  




My friend, Erica, is the brain child of this local operation, and I consider myself honored to have been asked to join in the early stages of development.   

The Cause


Girls on the Run is an international organization with the mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.   From the Girls on the Run National Website:  


It is an after-school program like no other.  Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. 

Over a period of 10-12 weeks, the girls make new friends, build their inner confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.  Lessons are presented that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at an age appropriate level. 

 Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we will teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum helps participants get a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them. It emphasizes the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world. 

 For older girls (6th through 8th graders), the curriculum allows for more mature processing around certain topics including eating disorders, internet safety, relationships, cyber-bullying and tobacco and alcohol use. The girls discuss these subjects on an in-depth level and use their personal experiences to shape thought-provoking discussion. The Girls on Track curriculum provides girls with the skills to shut out the noise of the external world that is attempting to limit who she is and to instead listen to her individual truth – the one that will lead her toward an enriching and contented life.

Why I love it

Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible





Last Friday, I met with a group of women who are eager to give their time and heart to this cause.  Though there are others also involved that were not able to attend the meeting on Friday, here are some of the lovely ladies forming the committee:




What has been determined is that we have a lot to do to get this organization up and running in southern Oklahoma: 



  
If you have an interest in being involved, we would love to have you.  You can leave a comment here or send me an email.  



And, of course, if you want to want to show your support in a financial way, we will definitely accept it!  In addition to monetary donations, we will accept donations (especially, fitness equipment) for our first fundraising event, which will be a garage sale in early October.  More info to follow . . .     

Visit and like us on Facebook at Bringing Girls on the RUN to Southern OK  to keep abreast of our progress.  

Thanks,
JMo

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