Coach Blogs: Parkside

Happy May Day from Parkside Elementary!


I could not have asked for a better group of Girls on the Run to spend my first season coaching. They are so full of excitement and enthusiasm for every lesson, even though many of them are GOTR veterans! One of their favorite lessons so far was the one about gossip, because it was a fun challenge to try to put the toothpaste back into the tube, and a great analogy for how we can’t take back what we say.

The girls get along very well and I have enjoyed seeing their friendships with each other deepen and grow. One day at practice, most of the girls had finished running their laps and we were waiting for the last few girls to finish. The girls initiated a human “tunnel” to cheer the last few girls across the finish line. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and we have done the tunnel almost every time since!

I am so proud of the girls’ great attitudes and willingness to try their best. They are truly a joy to coach. At the end of every practice, they love gathering in a circle to give each other Energy Awards. Lately their favorite has been the Harlem Shake! The girls keep Coach Summer and me laughing, and we are very grateful for the fun privilege we have of being a part of their lives. We can’t wait to see all of you on May 18th!