What an honor to be interviewed for the Nonprofit Radio Show hosted by Cara Zimmerman and sponsored by the Beasley Broadcast Group and the Spirit of Giving Network. Diane Evans and Kristen Skladd had the pleasure of telling our community about our programs, Ambassadors and SoleMates. The show airs on WSBR 740 AM and WWNN 1470 AM.
Established in 2011, Girls on the Run Palm Beach hosts seasons at various locations throughout the county during the school year. Nearly 350 girls participate annually and around 1,000 runners attend our community 5ks. Since 2011, more than 250 volunteer coaches have served over 2,000 girls. Volunteer running buddies and 5k helpers, Board Members, Ambassadors, SoleMates and other volunteers, as well as our generous donors and sponsors, keep the programs… running!
What started with thirteen girls in one school in 1996 has grown to over 2 million girls transformed nationwide and counting. With the help of over 100,000 volunteers, we empower more than 200,000 girls annually. The only program of its kind, we focus on the important connection between mind and body. Our research-based lessons and accessible physical activity instill confidence and nurture care and compassion in every girl.
and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
and find strength in our connectedness
and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
our physical, emotional and spiritual health
with an open heart and assume positive intent
for ourselves and others
Our core values guide our way. We are deepening our ongoing and continual commitment to a world where every person can know and activate their limitless potential. We value the dignity and humanity of all people and are dedicated to being an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization.
Diane Evans, Council Director
Erin Daniels, Chair
Paul Kludt, Treasurer
Kristen Skladd, Secretary
Tania Nicholls, Member
LJ Pocsi, Member
Lisa Roberts, Member
Keisha Shand, Member
Stefanie Sugar, Member
We are now accepting board applications.
At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
Prime Time Palm Beach County
The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
The Spirit of Giving Network
Palm Beach Roadrunners
The Palm Beach County School District
Ben Gamla Palm Beach
The Greene School
The Weiss School
St Mark's Episcopal School
Florida Atlantic University Track Team
Palm Beach Atlantic University Track Team
Lynn University Department of Education
to set aside her troubles and have a great time! My name is Lindsey, and ‘Girls On The Run,’ has helped me through a tough time in so many ways. In September, my mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer. So I heard first about the cancer one day after GOTR practice. I was so upset. But my coaches Maribel and Bonnie helped me through this tough time. Everyone in the girls on the run family was so supportive and helpful to me. My mom had surgery and is going through chemotherapy right now. But the doctor said her prognosis is excellent. ‘Girls On The Run’ has helped me in so many ways. If there is a girl that wants to make new friends, run, maybe escape from their troubles, or just have some fun, than you should try this fantastic organization out! - Lindsey 6th Grade GOT Participant
than other people know. When my grandpa died of cancer. It was tragic to me and I didn’t know how I would get through it. I expressed my feelings in poems written while locked away in my room. That fall, my mom signed me up for Girls on the Run and I met so many wonderful people, adults and girls my age, which caused positive change in me. I finally opened up and said what had happened to my grandpa and when I did, it felt as if a huge weight had lifted off my shoulders. I knew that those people, my new friends and coaches, were people that I could completely trust because of their offer to share the weight of my burden. Now, whenever I think about my grandpa, I think of Girls on the Run and how, because of them, I can smile and think of the good times I had with him, and not the days leading up to his passing.- Summer 8th Grade GOT Participant
I found her to be a shy and reserved 5th grader. As the year progressed, I had the opportunity to see her perform on stage. To my surprise, this quiet young girl came alive. I never saw this side of her in the classroom or the hallways and especially not on the sports field. To me she seemed so talented on the inside, yet fragile on the outside. Wow, how times have changed for this young star. With the start of the new school year, I most often get to view her as a 6th grade student athlete. The sports season started with volleyball, and she seemed different. She had a confidence about her that I hadn’t seen in her everyday activities, but had a glimpse of previously while she was performing on stage. She came to volleyball practice every day ready to work hard, full of team spirit, and stepping up as a leader. Then came time to hand out the game schedule, and she politely came to her coaches and said "I’m sorry I can’t make Tuesday and Thursday games because I have made a commitment to my team “Girls on the Run" and we have practice on those days.” This is a coach’s dream for an athlete to understand the importance of “team” and “commitment”. This was also was the “a ha” moment for why she had become such a strong individual and seemed to truly believe in herself. She often spoke about her experience with “Girls on the Run” and told us why it was so awesome to her. I honestly believe “Girls on the Run” helped this star find her shine.- PBC 6th Grade School Teacher
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