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Back You are here: Home Sports Sport News Running News Girls on the Run and STRIDE: The Wilmington Family YMCA’s Girls on The Run and STRIDE

Girls on the Run and STRIDE: The Wilmington Family YMCA’s Girls on The Run and STRIDE

– Girls on the Run is a positive youth development afterschool program for girls in 3rd-8th grade which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. “My daughters, Siena and Skylar Carilli participated in the Girls on the Run program for the second time this past Fall. The experiences to which they are exposed through the GOTR program are priceless. On a daily basis, my girls came home talking about strength, courage, self-respect and compassion for others. They were continually encouraged to keep moving forward, one step at a time, at their own pace and were motivated to live a healthy, active, positive lifestyle.” -Staci Carilli (parent)
“GOTR has touched the lives of so many young ladies and their families, from the lessons that teach important life skills to the confidence gained from finishing the race. I know it has certainly changed mine and my daughter's. I am smarter and stronger and I am a better person, a better mom, because of it.” -Elizabeth Britt (coach and parent) The Girls on the Run program has been administered by the Y in our community since 2008, and since that time has grown by leaps and bounds. In its first year the program had a total of 5 teams; the following year saw an increase to 34 teams with the expansion into Brunswick, Pender and Onslow Counties. By 2011 the GOTR program grew to 101 teams and a parallel program for boys, STRIDE, was implemented. STRIDE is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 6. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character, while building their running endurance to compete in a 5K. Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination = Excellence in Character.“The STRIDE program gave our son a sport that he learned to love. He got great exercise, life lessons, motivation, and encouragement. He loves running now and he loved participating in the 5k run. We are keeping him running over the summer until he can hopefully participate again next year!” -Mrs. Tefft (parent) In the year 2012, the Girls on the Run and STRIDE program served 18 counties- providing these programs to 2,980 boys and girls across Central-Eastern North Carolina. Counties included are Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Cumberland, Columbus, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne, and Wilson Counties. Wilmington Family YMCA CEO, Dick Jones emphasizes, “Serving children and families has always been at the heart of the Y. As part of the Y's commitment to strengthen community by addressing critical gaps, we hope Girls on the Run and Stride will encourage kids to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.”
Girls on the Run and STRIDE not at your child’s school? No problem, all that is needed are two volunteer coaches and approval from the school! Contact Amber Rogers for more details- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 910-251-9622 Ext 224 www.nckidsrun.org