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318Central.com was able to cover this event in March. It was great fun and for a very important cause … Hope you didn’t miss it!
Girls on the Run is a program offered through the YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The program has research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. Running is used to inspire the girls. The season culminates with a 5K event that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season. This culmination gives girls a tangible sense of accomplishment and confidence to be the author of her story.
Girls on the Run Central Louisiana has inspired girls in the Cenla area since its inception in 2012 and has impacted the lives of many girls, serving around 500 girls annually. Girls on the Run is offered at schools as a after school program, during the fall and spring season. “With programming available in numerous schools across Cenla, we are committed to ensuring that all girls have access to our life-changing program, no matter her circumstances, abilities, or background.”, says Morgan Wampler, Girls on the Run Council Director. Two times a week for ten weeks, trained volunteer Girls on the Run coaches lead a team of 8-15 girls through the curriculum. The curriculum includes lessons that specifically target helping girls improve in Competence, Confidence, Caring, Character, Connection, and Contribution.
Girls on the Run hosted is annually, Golf for Girls Tournament at OakWing Golf Club. The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness and funds for the program. All proceeds will directly benefit the program, specifically the program participants. Girls on the Run is proud to offer scholarships each season. “Around 89 percent of our girls rely on scholarships in order to participate in the program. Because of the support of the players in the Tournament, we can continue to serve these girls”, says Morgan Wampler. This year, Golf for Girls hosted 10 teams.
Teams received a GOTR swag bag, lunch, refreshments on the course, including “Long Island Iced-Tees and Mimosas, and entry into contest along the course. Many businesses and organizations across Cenla sponsored the event, showing their support of the Girls on the Run program.
Girls on the Run is always looking for volunteers to join them in supporting the mission. Volunteer opportunities include being a Girls on the Run Coach or 5K Running Buddy. For more information, please contact Morgan Wampler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318.442.3397.