This after-school program is one of the largest in the country for girls in grades 3-8. Coaches and girls meet at schools with a planned curriculum for two hours each week for 10 weeks.
The mission of the program is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
“All coaches receive training to empower participating girls with self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team-building,” said Sarah Bolman-Sobel, program coordinator. “Any woman or man who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls can serve as coach.”
Girls on the Run is not a program that trains girls to compete at an elite running level, and the program culminates with a 5K (3.1-mile) walk or run event.
“Each year, we see the mentoring, life skills development and physical training reward both the adult coaches and the girls,” Bolman-Sobel said.
Girls on the Run/Girls on Track is a program of the Center for Women in Transition and a nonprofit charitable organization. A significant number of participants in the program receive scholarship funding.
Anyone considering becoming a volunteer coach is encouraged to call Bolman-Sobel at 616-502-7530 to discuss opportunities, and learn more about training dates and locations. Coaches are needed in Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Holland, with particular needs at the following schools: Griffin Elementary (Grand Haven); Spring Lake Intermediate School; Lincoln Elementary and Woodbridge Elementary (Zeeland); and Glerum Elementary, Lakewood Elementary and Lakeshore Elementary (West Ottawa).