COACH SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Hanna

Name: Jennifer HannaStargate_16

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Age: 45

Favorite Hobbies: running, yoga, travel, and SCUBA diving

Profession: teacher

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Surfer Girl

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? this is my 1st season

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? I heard about GOTR many, many years ago when I lived in Charlotte, NC and I was very interested in getting involved. A parent at our school was passionate about GOTR and brought it to Stargate this spring. I couldn’t wait to volunteer as a coach!

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? The most rewarding aspect of being involved with GOTR is connecting with the girls outside of the classroom. They are all so unique, fun, genuine, and good-hearted kids; it’s the highlight of my week when we meet.

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? The girls have learned great strategies during the program for calming down when they feel strong emotions and building friendships.

Stargate_12A memorable Girls on the Run moment? Running in the snow! The big, fat snowflakes stuck to our eyelashes. It was crazy and beautiful!

What’s your favorite day of the season? I really liked the Star Power Visualization lesson. The girls really connected with the lesson about using visualization to positively impact their thinking, feelings, and behaviors.

Why should other women get involved? I believe that not only do the girls benefit from the program, but the coaches do, too. It has been fun getting to know the girls, seeing them set and reach their goals, and having a great time. I have learned strategies for teaching young girls about self-confidence, connecting with others, and developing positive character traits. It’s so rewarding!