Photo courtesy Girls on the Run El Paso
Girls on the Run El Paso has been awarded a grant from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter program for $20,000 as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide access to sports for one million young athletes over the next five years.
“Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” says Melissa Jaffee Gelb, Council Director of Girls on the Run El Paso. “This grant from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation will help move this vision forward by providing opportunities for more girls to participate in our life-changing program.
“We are thrilled to partner with Girls on the Run to help inspire and encourage young girls to be healthy and confident,” said Aimee Watters, Executive Director of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “Our goal is to help more than one million young athletes across the country play sports, and this is just one way we are doing that.”
Officials shared that Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
“The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by trained and caring coaches in a safe and inclusive environment. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other out of school programs.”
The grant from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation will provide more girls with the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run. An independent study found that the program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third – eighth grade girls.
97% of participants said they learned critical life skills such as how to resolve conflict, manage emotions, help others and make intentional decisions at Girls on the Run that they are using at home, at school and with their friends.
Girls on the Run El Paso is one of 13 Girls on the Run councils to receive the DICK’s Foundation grant. In total, over $700,000 was awarded to councils in 11 states to advance the mission of Girls on the Run.
To learn more about participating in Girls on the Run, visit their website. Fall program registration is open through September 8, 2019