May Girl Hero

 GOTR 5K Title Sponsor and Healthy Living Champion, QFC!

 

As the QFC Girls on the Run 5k fast approaches on May 20th, we are thrilled to honor our generous and collaborative Girls on the Run 5k title sponsor, QFC, as our Girl Hero!

QFC became the presenting sponsor of the Girls on the Run 5k in 2011 and has increased their contributions and support of our program and race each year. Since the beginning of our partnership, QFC has provided enough scholarship support to fully fund almost 44 complete teams – 655 girls! In addition to their financial support, QFC generously provides in-kind donations of nutritious food for our 5K participants, signs to cheer participants along the course, gift cards for snacks at our program sites, school signs and banners for our 5k, printing and floral support for our auction events, and so much more. QFC employees also volunteer their time as coaches, running buddies, and event support.

QFC’s title sponsorship has not only allowed us to expand our programming to reach more girls, schools, and communities, but has also enabled us to take our 5k to the next level and make the event a truly transformative experience for all our girls, families, volunteers, and community members. We are so grateful for the many ways in which QFC positively impacts our organization and community. Thank you, QFC, for championing healthy living for our girls and families!

 

 

Support one of our biggest supporters! Locate your nearest QFC store.

April’s Girl Heroes

April’s Girl Heroes

Ty Whitten, Chet James and the Awesome Possum

Super Jock ‘n Jill Team!

This month’s Girl Heroes are Super Jock ‘n Jill’s General Store Manager Ty Whitten, Owner Chet James and the entire Super Jock ‘n Jill Team! Super Jock ‘n Jill has been a Girls on the Run supporter for years, marketing our 5K in their store front windows, hosting our race packet pickup at their Greenlake location, and supporting us in many other ways.

This year, with the help of Store Manager Ty Whitten, Super Jock ‘n Jill generously donated running shoes for GOTR program participants in need. Having proper footwear is essential in ensuring girls’ safety and success throughout the season and we are incredibly grateful to Jock ‘n Jill for this incredible gift to our program participants. But their generosity doesn’t end there! This season, Super Jock ‘n Jill will also host our SoleMates Team kickoff party. Our SoleMates Charity Running Team is comprised of athletes who pursue individual fitness goals, while raising funds to support the growth and sustainability of Girls on the Run. This season will be our largest SoleMates season yet and we could not be more excited to launch the start of training at Jock ‘n Jill!

Do you know of an awesome business in the area like Jock ‘n Jill that may be interested in sponsoring Girls on the Run? If so, we’d love to connect with them! Email becky@girlsrun.org to suggest a business, make a connection or learn more about our sponsorship packages.

Please join us in congratulating our April Girl Heroes, Super Jock ‘n Jill! Ty and other members of the Super Jock ‘n Jill team will be at the QFC Girls on the Run 5K this May. Be sure to stop by and thank them for supporting our girls and equipping them with the footwear necessary to cross the 5K finish line!

March Girl Hero

March Girl Hero

Our March Hero is Superstar Supporter and

Board Member, Sherry Williams!

Sherry was first introduced to Girls on the Run in 2010 in her role as Community Affairs Director for Swedish Medical Center. After learning more about the Girls on the Run curriculum and our focus on providing access to all girls in King County, Sherry helped build a partnership between GOTR and Swedish to support scholarships for girls, beginning in the Tukwila and Highline Districts and expanding to provide financial assistance to girls throughout the region. To date, thanks to our partnership with Swedish Medical Center, we have been able to offer over 400 girls full scholarships (that’s 26 teams!).

After several years providing Girls on the Run support from the alignment with Swedish, Sherry joined our Board of Directors to personally contribute to the program and empower girls in our community. Sherry shared the following about her involvement with Girls on the Run: “Swedish provides sponsorship to a large number of community-based organizations that do good in our community. But when it comes to giving my personal time I am willing to invest in GOTR because this organization is passionate about giving girls the tools to be successful and to use their hearts, minds and bodies to grow and believe in themselves.”

During her tenure on the Board, Sherry has been an integral part of our Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce and works diligently to ensure that all girls in King County have access to messages of empowerment and self-confidence. In addition, she’s been a Running Buddy, a member of our (very!) early morning 5k event set-up team, and also (wo)mans the Swedish booth at the 5k.

We are so grateful to Sherry for her years of contribution to Girls on the Run, both personally and professionally. Stop by the Swedish booth at the 5k to say hi and give Sherry an energy award!

February Girl Hero

February Girl Hero

Our February Girl Hero is Enthusiastic and Articulate Youth Ambassador, Jovie Webbeking!

This month, we are excited to recognize Jovie Webbeking as our Girl Hero! Jovie is currently an eighth grader at Washington Middle School and will be participating in Heart & Sole, our middle-school program, for her second year in a row. She previously participated in Girls on the Run at Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

 

As a Girls on the Run Youth Ambassador, Jovie represents our organization through a variety of community engagement opportunities. She has shared her GOTR story for recruitment videos, assisted with raffle ticket sales and greeted guests at our Sneaker Soiree, and volunteered with her mom, Jennifer, at Seahawks training camp, selling yearbooks with proceeds benefiting Girls on the Run. Jovie is often the first Ambassador to volunteer for opportunities and is a passionate and articulate spokesperson for our program.

 

In her Youth Ambassador application, Jovie shared the following about her Girls on the Run experience: “Girls on the Run gave me a lot of confidence and I was able to complete a 5k! I learned that it is really important to set goals for yourself because it gives you confidence in what you are doing.  I also learned that it is important to have good self-esteem and how to not let other people hurt your feelings.  I think Girls on the Run is a great program and I really enjoyed participating in it!”

 

In addition to championing Girls on the Run in the community, Jovie also maintains a 4.0 GPA and plays ultimate Frisbee. Thank you, Jovie, for supporting Girls on the Run and being a terrific Ambassador for us!

 

We Need Your Help

We Need Your Help

Schools in Need of Coaches this Spring!

Our Spring 2018 season is shaping up to be our largest ever! We already have 925 girls signed up on 143 teams! In order to accommodate all the girls who are expected to sign up, we must have the volunteer coaches to reach them. The following schools do not currently have the coaches needed to run the program and therefore will not offer Girls on the Run unless we can find the volunteer coaches to help us deliver the program.

Help us ensure girls at these schools have the tools and confidence to be successful in life! If you or someone you know can help deliver empowering and confidence boosting messages at these schools, please apply to be a coach as soon as possible (listing the site on your application). Coaches do not need to be runners or have coaching experience; we provide all training, curriculum, and materials necessary to positively impact your team of girls. Learn more about coaching.

Echo Lake Elementary Tues/Thurs 3:40-5:10
Lake Forest Park Tues/Thurs 3:30-5
Ridgecrest Elementary Tues/Wed 3:05-4:35pm
Sacajawea Elementary Mon 2:30-4, Wed 1:15-2:45
TOPS H&S Mon (3:35-5:05) Wed (2:20-3:50pm)
View Ridge Elementary T/Th 2:30-4pm
Clyde Hill Elementary T/Th 2:45 -4 PM
Enatai Elementary T/Th 2:30 – 4 PM
Fall City Elementary Mon/Wed 3:30 – 5 PM
Genesee Hill, T/Th, 2:30-4pm
Leschi Elementary, M/W, M: 2:30-4pm, W: 1:20-2:50pm
Meadow Ridge, T/Th, 3:15-4:30pm
Alki – T/Th, 2:30-4pm
Fairmount Park – M/T OR T/Th, 2:30-4pm
John Muir (Seattle) – T/F, 2:30-4pm
Park Orchard – T/Th, 3:45-5:00pm
Pathfinder K-8 (Heart & Sole): T/Th, 3:30-5pm
Kent View – Monday 2:30-4, second day based on coaches availability

January Girl Hero

January Girl Hero

Superstar Supporter and Veteran Coach, Jia Yu!

 

We are thrilled to honor Jia Yu as our girl hero this month! Jia has been involved with GOTR Puget Sound since 2015 and previously volunteered for Girls on the Run Bay Area. She began coaching with us in the Fall 2015 and since that time, she has helped more than 60 Puget Sound girls learn valuable life skills and envision their limitless potential!
Jia doesn’t just ensure that girls on her own team are set up for success. Last year, she volunteered as a Pacer to provide 3 other teams with the support necessary to help their girls cross the finish line. This involved calling and emailing other coaches to check in and confirm they had the necessary tools and materials to reach their girls with positive and confidence boosting messages.

Beyond supporting the girls directly, Jia has fundraised to keep GOTR accessible to all girls. As a dedicated and passionate SoleMate since 2016, Jia has raised funds to provide scholarships to almost one full team (15 girls) – WOW! – while training for and completing Ragnar Northwest Passages two summers running.

Jia’s enthusiasm and deep commitment to Girls on the Run is a true asset to our program, and we are grateful for the creative ideas and boundless energy that she brings to her Girls on the Run team AND SoleMates teammates! Thank you so much, Jia, for all you’ve done to support Girls on the Run over the years. We’re so lucky to have you as part of our community!

December’s Girl Hero

December’s Girl Hero

Devoted Girl Advocate, Eleanor Bradley!

We are thrilled to recognize longtime superstar supporter Eleanor Bradley as our December Girl Hero! Eleanor has been involved with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound since 2006 and has contributed her time and energy to a wide variety of roles: coach, running buddy, event volunteer, 5K participant, member and past president of the Board of Directors, and now a member of our Advisory Council. Eleanor has also supported Girls on the Run as a SoleMate for the past two years, running Ragnar Northwest Passages and raising scholarship funds for girls who would otherwise be unable to participate in our program.

Eleanor is a dedicated champion of our mission and vision and has provided invaluable strategic thinking and thoughtful advice over the years. Her support has made it possible for us to expand our programming to more girls throughout King County – including Eleanor’s daughters, Hadley and Lydia, who were GOTR girls at McGilvra Elementary last season!

Thank you, Eleanor, for your years of contribution and service to

Girls on the Run!

Interested in taking on the 200 mile Ragnar Northwest Passages team challenge this summer? Join Eleanor as a SoleMate and we’ll help you train for the event while you raise funds to support GOTR participants in our community. It’s a win-win! Email becky@girlsrun.org for more information.

November Girl Hero

November Girl Hero

Long-Time Coach & Girl Advocate, Kim Robinson!

Long-time GOTRPS coach, Kim Robinson, stands out even among all of the incredible women who volunteer for us each year. Kim has volunteered her time for NINE different program seasons, nine different GOTR teams and to 110+ girls. She continues year after year to bring inspiration and energy to every single practice and is an incredible role model for our program participants.

We recently selected a group of exemplar, experienced coaches to serve as “Coach Ambassadors” who will help GOTRPS recruit and diversify our volunteer coaching pool. We are committed to providing coaches that represent the diversity of our program participants to provide as many different, positive role models as possible to girls who need them. Kim enthusiastically signed up to help with this task! Thanks to the support of Kim and our other Coach Ambassadors, we will be able to expand our reach and ensure all girls have someone positive they can look up to this spring.

Not only is Kim passionate about Girls on the Run and serving a diverse population of girls, but she is extremely well organized, a great communicator, and goes above and beyond when it comes to supporting her team. We are incredibly grateful for her support and find her an absolute joy to work with.

Thank you Kim for all you do for us and the girls in your community!

October Girl Hero

October Girl Hero

David Wellington, Assistant Superintendent and
Sneaker Soiree Speaker Extraordinaire

Energy cheers to our Sneaker Soiree keynote speaker, David Wellington, who’s been a dedicated champion for Girls on the Run for over a decade! At last Thursday’s event, David shared his personal connection to the Girls on the Run program as well as his perspective on the exciting new research from Girls on the Run International. His enthusiastic and passionate appeal to our audience resulted in our biggest Soiree total ever; over $121,000 to support 40 teams (600 girls!) in our upcoming Spring 2018 season.

David has worked in education for more than two decades. He taught high school for eight years, has served as an elementary, middle and high school principal and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education for the Northshore School District. While principal at Maywood Hills Elementary, David was instrumental in getting the Maywood program started beginning in the spring of 2012. Since that time, the entire Wellington family has gotten involved with Girls on the Run. His daughter Audrey is a past participant and current Youth Ambassador, and his wife, Cathy, and both daughters regularly join David at Girls on the Run events and 5ks as fun, highly engaged volunteers and participants.

As a parent, educator, and administrator, Dave sees our program through a unique lens and is always willing to offer advice, opinions, or speak on our behalf. We are grateful and honored to have David as a continued advocate for Girls on the Run and strong girls and women in our community!

 

September Girl Hero

September Girl Hero

Local Girl Champion & Girls on the Run Supporter,

Virginia Mason!

This month, we are honored to highlight one of our longest and biggest girl advocates, Virginia Mason! Virginia Mason has supported Girls on the Run in countless ways, including donating scholarship funds for girls in need, providing emergency kits to keep girls safe during practice and encouraging employees to volunteer as GOTR coaches, Running Buddies and 5K Volunteers.

But their generosity doesn’t end there! This year, Virginia Mason has once again offered to match paddle raise donations at the $2,500 level at our signature fundraising event of the year, the Sneaker Soiree, on October 5th.  As part of their support of the event, they have also donated a Sounders Suite for the “Girls on the Run” night live auction package. Register for the Sneaker Soiree today for your chance to bid on this awesome package and score one, two or more tickets to watch the Sounders play live in premium box seats with friends!

We are eternally grateful for Virginia Mason’s continued support of our program and girls on the community. Thanks to amazing sponsors like them, we have been able to continue growing our program and empowering even more girls in the Puget Sound. Let’s hear it for amazing local girl advocate and hero, Virginia Mason!

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