Geezers vs. Chicks helps fund Girls on the Run

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009

The Geezers' manhood will be tested Saturday night at Treadwell Arena in Juneau as the Chicks look to continue their recent domination in the annual series.

The event, scheduled for 8:15 p.m., serves as a fundraiser for Girls on the Run, a national prevention program for pre-adolescent girls (ages 8-14) that strengthens girls' physical, emotional and social well-being.

Local GOTR volunteer coordinator Swarupa Toth said the fundraiser is great for the organization.

"There are two costs that we can never cover; we like to provide healthy snacks for girls, and a lot of the girls can't afford the program but we want them to participate," she said. "We feel like it's really important for girls to have running shoes or they may injure themselves, and we're trying to teach them how to be healthy. So, we end up buying about 50 percent of the girls' running shoes, and that's why we need to raise some money."

She said the program, which is run by volunteers, is designed to help guide the girls through an impressionable time in their lives.

"The program serves to prevent at-risk behaviors such as eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity and all the dangers of trying to squeeze into the 'girl box,'" she said. "That limited definition that tells girls that they are valued more for their bodies than their brains, for passivity than assertiveness, for silence instead of character.

She said the organization currently offers a 12-week, 24-lesson after-school program at Auke Bay, Gastineau, Harborview and Mendenhall River community elementary schools in Juneau.

After 12 weeks of focused curriculum, the girls have prepared themselves for the grand finale, the 5K Fun Run. This season will culminate Dec. 5th at Dimond Field House at 10 a.m.

The cost is $100 per girl with an option of a half scholarship or a full scholarship. For more information, you can visit their Website at www.girlsontherun.org.



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