Ben and I have three amazing kids. Dylan, an 8 year old sports junkie; Sydney, a 6 year old creative with bigger than life imagination; and Austin, a 4 year old with dreams of becoming a train conductor. As parents, we are all forever searching for every possible way to instill good character, values and raise children of integrity. One of the things that we’ve been talking about as a family is the dialogue going on right now about women and our place in society. It has been an emotional one for me and many of our friends. Our six year old daughter is hearing things that shape how she views herself and I’m on a mission to make sure she believes down to her core that she can do anything she puts her mind to and that gender (or race, religion, sexual orientation) have absolutely nothing to do with her ability to succeed or her “place” in society.
To that end, one of the most amazing organizations in the Twin Cities that we support at Fly Feet is Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run was founded in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2011. What began as a small start-up serving 24 girls at 2 sites has now grown in 4 years to become a strong force for good, serving almost 2,200 girls across the Twin Cities metro area this spring. Their mission is to inspire girls 3-8 grade to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. GOTR supports girls no matter their background or economic status. Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula, which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Girls on the Run will be here with us at Fly Feet this Saturday to share more about their organization and how you can get involved. If you’re interested in learning more about their transformational program and how you can be involved, stop by or visit their website at www.gotrtwincities.org