Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and running
Profession: I am currently a junior at Regis Jesuit High School.
Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Superstar
How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run?
I have been a Junior Coach for four seasons, but I was a Girl on the Run from third to fifth grade.
What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies?
In my Sophomore year I was searching for a local volunteer opportunity. As a former GOTR, I was so excited to hear about the Junior Coach position. I am grateful to have the chance to combine my love for health and fitness with my passion for service!
What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved?
I love watching the girls grow as individuals and as a team, learning how to approach difficult situations and conquer their goals. Their smiles and radiant personalities inspire one another and me to work hard and be respectful. Not only do they become great runners, but they learn essential values in the process.
What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program?
I believe the girls learn what it means to be with and for others; they understand how to make healthy decisions that will foster a positive environment. The program teaches communicative skills that are relevant for all ages, and in the process, the girls learn to be respectful, kind, and confident.
One of my favorite practices was when the girls received a sticker for each lap they ran, and were then allowed to place their sticker on any of the coaches, wherever they wanted. I came home with my face and shirt completely covered! Each sticker represented the diligence and perseverance the girls showed that day.
What’s your favorite day of the season?
I love race day because the girls are excited and eager to show what they’ve worked for throughout the season. I am always proud of their accomplishments, and, more importantly, they are proud of themselves!
Why should other women get involved?
As a female, it is gratifying to work with young girls, positively influencing their self-esteem and physical fitness. In GOTR, we have the opportunity to empower others and celebrate individuality. I want every girl to know that they are strong and capable of anything!