It is not easy to pick *just five* reasons why coaching is so rewarding but we did our best! Here are 5 reasons (in no particular order) why we think coaching ROCKS!
SERIOUS GIRL POWER! Now, more than ever, girls need strong role models. Being a GOTR coach gives you the chance to mentor a group of girls and show them how much your star power can shine at any age. Girls on the Run has already done all of the leg work of creating the curriculum and detailing each lesson down to the minute. Your job is just to enjoy the experience and make sure you are doing your very best to communicate the lesson while bringing in your own pizzazz!
YOU CAN RUN A 5K TOO! If you are like me, a 5K is a LOFTY goal. I never thought I could run more than two minutes. I tried apps and plans but running was my arch nemesis… then I started coaching at Girls on the Run. I told myself that if these girls can train and run a 5K, I can too. I started running at practice. I would run a lap and then walk and chat for a lap. I loved when the girls zoomed by me and shouted, “GREAT JOB!” I was motivated by my team, I worked in some running on the days when I wasn’t coaching, and I did it! From coaching, I set bigger goals for myself and have been able to achieve them.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in others’ lives but also help you feel fulfilled- mind, body, and soul. You will go through these lessons with the girls and you will be surprised with how much you will learn! As you reflect on what you are teaching the girls, we want you to bring your own experiences to the circle. The girls want to connect with you and the more you can bring your own experience and share what makes you special, the better!
YOU DESERVE TO HAVE SOME FUN! Being a GOTR coach is fun! Having 10-15 bright, smiley faces greet you after school twice a week is the best destressor. You can check your worries at the door and focus on the immense value you are bringing to the lives of the girls on your team. For 90 minutes twice a week, you only have to think about your team and their energy- we want our GOTR girls to be okay with feeling every emotion so we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly and help the GOTR girls work through their triumphs and struggles which makes us, as coaches, feel AMAZING!
YOU CAN CHANGE GIRLS’ LIVES! By volunteering your time and energy to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, you can make a lasting impact on their lives. One parent told us, “This has been a very positive program for my daughter. She is now standing up for herself. She used to be bothered by girls saying mean things, not anymore…” We aren’t just teaching running- we are teaching girls to set goals and work towards them. We are teaching girls to stand up for themselves. And we are teaching girls to grow up to be strong women!