Hello friends, thank you for taking the time to visit this page! I have embarked on the adventure of training for my second of the world major six marathons! On October 11, I’ll be running the 2020 Chicago Marathon amongst 45,000 other runners from 50 states and over 100 countries.
Because of my involvement with the Girls on the Run NYC Council for the past four years, this year, I have chosen to run as a Girls on the Run SoleMate and fundraise for the Chicago Council. More than 85% of participants in GOTR programs (coaching, mentorship, social-emotional lessons) receive financial assistance. Though costs aren't exorbitant, over 50% of these girls come from low-income families and things like running shoes are a luxury they cannot afford without the help of scholarship. To help cover the costs of tuition, shoes, snacks, race medals, and more for these amazing girls, my fundraising goal is $750 by race day.
I'm so excited to be a SoleMate with Girls on the Run and so grateful to YOU for your help as I chase this second marathon finish line! Every donation makes a difference, so thank you in advance!
Why I'm Involved with GOTR: When I was 19, I was sexually assaulted and hospitalized. I knew who my attacker was, but in the moment, my lack of confidence left me too ashamed and too scared to come forward or speak up. For better and for worse, it has shaped a lot of who I am today and, sadly, the “Me Too” movement made me recognize that my story is not all that uncommon. This realization inspired me to get involved with Girls on the Run NYC, a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3-8th grade girls, and use it along with my story as my platform for the Miss New York USA pageants. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that in adolescence, girls' confidence drops about twice as much as boys'. Girls' perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets. It doesn't have to be this way. We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world. I truly believe that programs like this are crucial for girls today. What happened to me is unfortunate, but if its leading me to Girls on the Run allows me to have a positive impact on even a single girl and help her to one day avoid encountering a situation like mine, then it was worth it. I am proud to be running and representing GOTR during the 26.2 miles through the streets of Chicago!
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Girls on the Run is a non-profit after-school program with a mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The innovative program combines training for a non-competitive 5k (3.1 miles) running event with life skills lessons that build positive physical and social-emotional health in participants. Over the past 20 years our organization has grown tremendously – from serving 13 girls in Charlotte in 1996 to serving over 1 million girls nationwide today. With programming available in over 12,000 locations across the nation, Girls on the Run is committed to ensuring that all girls have access to our life-changing programs. Our fun and inclusive lessons meet the unique needs of each girl, no matter her circumstances, ability or background.
85% of the girls in our program receive finanical assistance to participate. All funds raised by the Girls on the Run-Chicago SoleMates Team go to underwrite the organization's generous financial assistance so that all girls can take part in this life-changing programing!