Building Confidence Is Not Canceled: Girls on the Run at Home

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Provided by Girls on the Run NOVA

As the world faces the COVID-19 crisis, one word we have seen everywhere is canceled. Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia (GOTR NOVA) reminds us that there are still some very important milestones that are not canceled. Building confidence, becoming more resilient, and forming healthy habits are all not canceled.

Over 2600 girls registered for the GOTR NOVA’s Spring 2020 season; 10% of them are from Prince William County. It was set to be a monumental season to kick off the 20th anniversary. The season was to be filled with interactive activities and lessons that focus on confidence, character, care, connections, competence, and contributions (the 5Cs + 1). All of this was to happen while girls were training for the end-of-season celebratory 5K events in May. Hundreds of teams had just completed their second week of practice when schools were closed for the year on March 23. Girls on the Run of NOVA had to pivot, and pivot quickly.

GOTR at Home

In this transition, GOTR at Home was developed and implemented. GOTR NOVA successfully modified their curriculum to online lesson plans, interactive YouTube videos, activity challenge cards and 5K training plans, All of this leads up to a celebratory end-of-season event. GOTR NOVA will be hosting a virtual 5K and Activity Challenge Week May 22-31, a 5K Your Way.  Friends, family, and community supporters are invited to join the girls in setting a goal, accomplishing a goal and celebrating this season’s accomplishments. Instructions are to find your happy pace and run, walk or roll a 5K anywhere, any day and any time.

This new reality causes stress and takes an emotional toll on young people as well as adults. “GOTR NOVA is committed to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all girls. We have been a critical resource for young girls for 20 years and will continue to be in the midst of these challenging times,” said GOTR NOVA’s Executive Director Caroline Diemar.

About Girls on the Run of NOVA

Girls on the Run of NOVA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. It’s one of the largest independent affiliates of Girls on the Run International, offering the Girls on the Run program for girls in elementary school and Heart & Sole for girls in middle school. GOTR NOVA programming is delivered to over 5,000 girls annually by approximately 900 trained volunteer coaches, who guide and mentor girls through a rich curriculum.

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