05/02/2014 - Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Programs Expand Across Panhandle
Girls on the Run of Nebraska has expanded program offerings in the Nebraska Panhandle this spring. More than 100 girls are expected to participate on one of seven Panhandle teams throughout the area.
Chadron and Hay Springs were the first Panhandle schools to offer Girls on the Run in 2013. This year, the program has expanded to schools in Crawford, Gordon-Rushville, Hemingford and Scottsbluff. Check the website for a complete schedule of sites and times.
The season begins the week of March 3 and concludes with a Panhandle 5K May 17 in Chadron. Teams are coached by positive-minded women volunteers who want to help girls set goals and achieve them.
About the Program
Girls on the Run of Nebraska is one of 212 such nonprofit organizations across that country that offers innovative after-school programming to promote healthy choices and confidence in young girls. The award-winning program combines exercise, education and mentoring to promote healthy living and self-esteem in girls third- through sixth-grade girls. GOTR teams meet for 75 minutes twice a week for about 10 weeks to play running games that help train them for a 5K run/walk.
Character-development lessons on values, teamwork, communication, goal-setting and health are incorporated with the physical training, so participants get much more than exercise. GOTR is as much about friendship, positive body image and self-esteem as it is about exercise.
Since its inception in September 2003, GOTR-Nebraska has helped 8,800 girls across the Heartland gain a stronger sense of self with GOTR’s focus on positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. The Nebraska council is one of about 212 GOTR councils across the country, which collectively served more than 100,000 girls in 2013.
The GOTR curriculum is based on extensive research and “on-the-track” testing of lessons. Each lesson includes an ice-breaker discussion, a warm-up activity, a stretch routine with question and answer time, a workout with a team goal, a cool-down and stretch with additional question and answer time, and a closing cheer or words of encouragement.
Teams are coached by female volunteers who believe fitness is a valuable tool to empower young girls to make healthy decisions as they enter adolescence. Coaches undergo background checks and are trained to use the GOTR curriculum.