Each month we recognize a Girls on the Run coach for her commitment to inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. This month, we’re honored to recognize Charlotte Norman and share what inspires her to volunteer…
Courage inspires me, the courage that I have come to willingly accept in my life, the courage to push myself, to enter waters that have never been troubled, and the courage that I lacked as a young girl. This courage that I see in girls that choose to take part in Girls on the Run, despite any ability they may have, or lack thereof. If there was one thing I wish I could have had more of as a child, it would have been courage. Courage to stand, to speak, to be who I was instead of what I thought others were expecting me to be. These girls have courage. The courage to believe in themselves to do what they thought was impossible, the courage to look beyond the fear of failure and the courage to dare to think of themselves differently.
As the weeks progress, you can see courage begin to come forth from hesitant, shy, and skeptical girls. They begin to wonder if they could even do a 5K, when most of them dread the overwhelming task in gym of running just a mile. But as three laps, turns to five, and five to ten, their confidence begins to grow and courage rises to say, “How many can I do next week?” Every week defeating the voice that says, “You can’t,” and “This is too hard for you.” Gaining courage to do what their minds say is impossible, the courage to no longer look at new challenges with hesitation, but with excitement to see just what they can do.
By Charlotte Norman
Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Athleta is thrilled to provide national support as they promote our shared core values of courage, self-confidence and athleticism. And you can be a part of it all too. Volunteer. Donate. Become a coach. Make a difference.
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