Meet founder and director of National Girls On the Run01/04/12
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
invites you to welcome and honor
Founder and President of
National Girls on the Run
Molly Barker and Liz Kunz
Saturday, January 14th from 11am-12pm
New Balance Sarasota
1872 Stickney Point Rd Sarasota
- We will be offering a $5 discount to anyone interested in signing up for our spring New Balance Girls on the Run 5k scheduled for April 27, 2012
- Volunteers, coaches and participants will be recognized and honored.
- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 9, 2012 and your name will be entered in our GOTR raffle!
Molly Barker, MSW and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete founded Girls on the Run® in 1996. Combining her counseling and teaching expertise with research on adolescent issues, she developed and delivered the first curriculum with 13 girls in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Liz Kunz, President of Girls on the Run International, is a lifetime advocate for girls' and women's issues and has always encouraged others to find and celebrate their voices. Liz spent nine years working for the YMCA and this is where she first met Molly Barker in 2000. The immediate connection she felt with Molly was deep. Molly shared the mission of Girls on the Run, to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, and it profoundly resonated with Liz's personal mission. She served as a volunteer for the organization in its early years and joined the staff as Chief Operating Officer in 2006. Liz is passionate about the Girls on the Run movement and is dedicated to freeing girls and women from the barriers and cultural limitations that still exist in the United States and across the globe.
Molly first began running at the age of 15 when she found herself stuck in the "girl box". The girl box is the place where many girls go around middle school when they begin to morph into what they think they should be instead of being who they really are. The messages of the girl box vary but the overarching theme comes from a culture rooted in the belief that girls and women must conform to a set of standards that are often unattainable and dangerous to our health and well-being.
During a sunset run in 1993, after years of questioning her self-worth and self-image, Molly found the inspiration that grew into Girls on the Run. In 1996 she piloted the earliest version of the 24-lesson curriculum with 13 brave girls. 26 girls came the next season, then 75, and so the program grew. In 2000, Girls on the Run International became a 501c3 organization. Today, Girls on the Run is offered in over 150 cities across North America and hundreds of thousands of girls and women's lives have been changed by the program.
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