Friday, April 17, 2020

Girls on the Run Central PA Continues Support For Girls During COVID-19

GOTR participants enjoy the GOTR at Home lessons.
After careful consideration of all options and in partnership with our Board of Directors, on March 27th we made the difficult decision to cancel Girls on the Run in person programming at all schools sites this spring, as well as the celebratory 5K event at The Miller Center in Lewisburg. We are incredibly disappointed, as we know our girls and coaches are too, but recognize our great collective responsibility to ensure a safer and healthier community for all. Given these unprecedented times, we are providing families with the option to receive a pro-rated refund. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where all girls can know and activate their limitless potential, we rely on program fees to support our operations and ensure all girls in our community can participate. This pandemic will undoubtedly make a significant impact on our organization’s finances and has forced us to put emergency plans in place to ensure Girls on the Run Central PA’s survival.

As we are adjusting to a new way of life for the time being, we hope that our community members have been able to find a way to nurture their physical and emotional health. We recognize this can be hard when faced with uncertainty, but Girls on the Run continues to provide inspiration, support and joy to our communities and girls during this challenging time.

Even though we’re unable to gather for lessons or the 5K events, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide opportunities for girls to be physically active and engaged with the core values of our programs. We have mobilized three different strategies to drive our mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. We are providing fun and interactive lessons that girls and families can do at home, designed specifically for girls in mind! These GOTR at Home lessons aim to provide girls of all abilities with an opportunity to learn and grow, just as they would have at their scheduled practices. GOTR at Home lessons are available in an easy-to-follow written format so girls and their grown-ups can participate together AND as a YouTube video series specifically for girls.

Additionally, we have rolled out our #GOTRGotYourBack social media campaign, which will align with the Girls on the Run mission and values and will include content, resources and activities to help girls and families stay physically active, connected and engaged. While the GOTR at Home program resources are intended only for families of GOTR girls who are currently enrolled, this digital campaign will offer alternative tips and activities for all families, volunteers, and followers to use and enjoy.

The Girls On the Run 5K experience is the culminating event of season and is key to celebrating the girls’ accomplishments. Despite not having our large group celebratory 5k events we are thrilled to be hosting a Girls On the Run Virtual 5K. The virtual 5K event is similar to a traditional running event except the participant will complete it their own way, at their own pace, in their own space. Girls on the Run Central PA is excited to be partnering with all of our sister councils across PA to bring this event to life. For more information about the “Girls on the Run PA 5K Your Way. Your Place. Your Pace” virtual 5K experience, please visit our website www.gotrcentralpa.org/5K

Through these efforts, Girls on the Run is working now more than ever to offer our girls and community a break from the fear and uncertainty they may be feeling. GOTR at-Home, #GOTRGotYourBack and Girls On the Run Virtual 5K is giving girls and our communities the opportunity to connect with others, find helpful resources, be inspired and motivated, or just simply experience a bright spot in their day.

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