Volunteering as a Practice Partner is a fun way to get involved with the Girls on the Run and to see first-hand the positive impact of the program. This is a perfect opportunity for people who would like to directly interact and support the girls in the program; want more engagement than offered as a Running Buddy; but are unable to commit to coaching for ten weeks.
Practice Partners assist the Coach(es) by attending a minimum of six 90-minute practices over the course of the ten-week program. While the Practice Partner is not responsible, nor authorized, to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum, they are there to support the Head Coach and the whole team of girls at their assigned program site.
“It was inspiring to see the real-world impact of the program. Watching the girls set goals for themselves and attain them; seeing parents and teachers running with the girls at the 5K; seeing the strengthening of community through the joy of running.”
What is the expected time commitment for Practice Partners? During the program season, Practice Partners will be expected to volunteer for a minimum of six 90-minute practices plus attend the end-of-season 5K, approximately 15 hours total. Most practice partners commit to one practice per week for six weeks and often for the full ten weeks.
What are the requirements for being a Practice Partner?
- Submit a Practice Partner Application to GOTRPS
- Consent to a background check.
- Practice Partners must be 16 years or older
- Participate in an online training session and read training materials provided by GOTRPS
Can males be Practice Partners?
Yes, males may volunteer as Practice Partners. As with male coaches, there must always be a minimum of two additional qualified female leaders (Coaches, Practice Partners) at every practice with male Coaches or Practice Partners.
What are some important qualities of Practice Partners?
Practice Partners are supportive, enthusiastic, and able to inspire positive social dynamics amongst team members. Practice Partners do not have to be runners but should have the ability to run or power-walk a 5K.
Who do I contact if I have questions about Practice Partners? Contact Vivian Syme, Program Coordinator, at Vivian@girlsrun.org or 206-528-2118