SPECIAL PROGRAM Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS), along with the GHS Life Center® Health & Conditioning Club, celebrates a decade of offering the Girls on the Run® International program to over 2,500 participants.
Left: GOTR participants from Greenbrier Elementary School celebrate after completing the 2016 GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K. Right: Participants make their way along the course in the 2015 GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K.
Running Strong for 10 Years At ﬁrst glance, one might think GHS Children’s Hospital’s Girls on the Run (GOTR) program focuses on running and physical activity. But there’s much more to this national organization.
The curriculum helps girls cultivate valuable life skills through … • Developing and improving their competence • Feeling conﬁdent in who they are
“I have a lot of girls who come into the program who don’t like to run,” said Carmine Maio Molina, a local GOTR coach for 14 seasons. “We emphasize that it’s not just a running program. It’s more about empowerment for the girls and positive body image and all-around life lessons.” Girls on the Run International is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her potential and is free to pursue her dreams. The program has grown to 225 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Greenville, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary for Children’s Hospital’s GOTR program. Twice each year—spring and fall—girls in the third through the eighth grade at schools and community centers throughout the Upstate go through the 20-lesson GOTR curriculum while preparing to run a 5K. This spring, 195 girls took part at 13 sites around the Upstate, noted Kim Hein, MIHS, council director for Children’s Hospital’s Girls on the Run, whose office is housed in the Life Center. Hein works alongside Krista Young, GOTR coordinator. 26
• Developing strength of character • Responding to others and themselves with care and compassion • Creating positive connections with peers and adults • Making contributions to the community “Learning these life skills will help prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors such as physical inactivity and negative body image, and promote good physical, mental, social and emotional health,” Hein explained.
A Toehold on Conﬁdence At the end of the season, the girls took part in the GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K. For many, it was their ﬁrst experience running in a race. Beatrice Galbreath was one such girl.
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