Raising the Next Generation of Strong Women with Girls on the Run
Photo credit: Kate T Parker Photography
Here at Athleta, we believe that strong, healthy women start with strong, healthy girls, and no one shares that vision with us more than Girls on the Run. This holiday season, join us in donating to this amazing organization that empowers girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Learn about the impact Girls on the Run has on young women, and find out how you can participate (and have your donation matched!) below.
Meet the Girls of Girls on the Run
Meet Nassir Durham, age 9. A four-year participant of the Washington, D.C. Girls on the Run program, Nassir is passionate about sharing the impact of Girls on the Run, even speaking in front of an audience of 75 for the Campaign to End Obesity. Read Nassir’s speech in its entirety here.
“I’ve learned a lot of things while in Girls on the Run. I learned about bullying and gossiping and how they hurt others. The techniques I learned taught me how to handle real-life situations. I also learned about my inner beauty, and how I can shine from the inside out.”
I learned about my inner beauty, and how I can shine from the inside out.
Sarah Hoffer, a three-year participant with Girls on the Run Orlando, aspires to be a role model to expand the number of women in STEM fields. When a pituitary adenoma left her needing painful deep muscle injections in her outer thigh each month, Sarah found strength from attending Girls on the Run.
“When it kept me from running, I walked. When it kept me from walking, I used the opportunity to encourage others to keep going. With a nudge in the right direction from family and friends, I was able to stay positive and focused, finish my treatment and achieve my Girls on the Run goals.
During my time in Girls on the Run, I learned many things, physically and mentally. I learned how to rid my mind of negative thought, recognize when I was getting frustrated and calm down and to realize when to react to a situation. I learned how to pace myself, encourage others and how to stand up for what’s right, even if people are against it. Overall, I learned to be the best ‘me’ I can possibly be, to love who I am and not try to be like everyone else.”
When it kept me from running, I walked. When it kept me from walking, I used the opportunity to encourage others to keep going. I learned to be the best ‘me’ I can possibly be, to love who I am and not try to be like everyone else.
Mireya Felix’s participation in Girls on the Run led her to be a part of the Women in Science Girls STEAM Camp in Rwanda last summer. She even started a new chapter of Girl Up, a Girls on the Run national ally, at her high school.
“My service through Girls on the Run has impacted my life so much. I feel like I really found myself while being a junior coach. If it wasn’t for Girls on the Run, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Never in a million years would I have expected to start my own club and to have gone to Rwanda! It’s because of Girls on the Run that I was confident enough to start my own club and find the courage to fill out the application for the camp and I am forever thankful for that.”
I feel like I really found myself while being a junior coach.
From November 20 through December 6, visit an Athleta store to donate to Girls on the Run, and we’ll match every dollar up to $15,000. Click here to find a store near you.
Can’t make it into a store? You can still donate to Girls on the Run via the Girls on the Run website.