Girls on the Run, a nationwide program for girls in grades 3-5, is scheduled to begin Sept. 17 in De Smet—but only if volunteer coaches step up.
Girls on the Run helps young girls with physical fitness and builds their confidence, character and emotional well-being. Coaches don’t necessarily have to be runners. They simply need to have the desire to support and encourage girls to find their inner strength and confidence. Coaches lead the girls through activities, discussions and running games.
The program typically runs for 10 weeks, but this year it has been shortened to eight. And organizers can go virtual at any time if the schools should close because of COVID-19. All teams will follow the COVID-19 guidelines set by their local school districts.
Although it is a national program, the Sioux Falls based organization, EmBe, powers Girls on the Run in South Dakota. EmBe, which stands for Empowering You to Be, has a mission statement to empower women and families to enrich lives.
Information has been sent home with girls in grades 3-5, or call the elementary school at 854-3963. If you are interested in being a coach, apply at https://www.raceplanner.com/volunteer/signup/gotr-h-s-fall-coach -application-2020