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Girls on the Run recruiting volunteer coaches

Posted: January 10, 2014 - 1:02am

Since 2008, Girls on the Run has been inspiring and empowering third through eighth grade girls across the Southeast Alaska region and this spring the group is looking for additional coaches to work with athletes.

According to a release, Girls on The Run is currently recruiting coaches for the upcoming 12-week spring 2014 season, to begin the week of Feb. 10 and continue through mid-May. Coaches work in small groups to deliver the program curriculum, listen, encourage and help prepare a team of 8-15 pre-teen girls to walk or run a 5 kilometer race. Coaches must be positive role models who believe in living a healthy lifestyle and in the mission of Girls on the Run. Coaches must attend the full day new coach training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 and commit to 12 weeks of volunteering one to two afternoons per week for an hour and a half. Coaches need not be runners; women of all ages, shapes, size, and types coach Girls on the Run. They do it for the love of play and learning, of healthy values and exercise.

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run is one of AWARE’s violence prevention programs designed to empower young girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, healthy, confident women. Throughout the 12 week program girls learn life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and train together to complete a 5 kilometer run. Topics include body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community.

Contact Julie Walker at AWARE, Inc. by Wednesday, Jan. 15 to learn more and register for the training. Email Walker at juliew@awareak.org or call her at 586-6623.

For more information, check out the organization’s website at http://www.gotr-sealaska.org or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GOTRSoutheastAlaska.

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