2013 Small Nonprofit

Girls on the Run of Montgomery County

Girls on the Run of Montgomery County (GOTR MoCo) inspires nearly 5,000 girls each year to be joyful, healthy, and confident.

By integrating running in an experienced-based curriculum, girls in 3rd-8th grade can leave the 10-week program having an appreciation for health and fitness. In 2013, the Nonprofit Village recognized GOTR MoCo as the Small Nonprofit Award Recipient at its annual Making a Difference Awards Breakfast.
The lessons and activities that take place during the 10-week program are direct lessons the girls can use at home, school, and in the community. The best practices below unlock every girl’s potential.

Working Toward a Goal

At the end of each 10-week program, there is a celebratory 5k event. The 5k is an opportunity for the girls to test out their physical, social, and emotional progression. The lessons and activities are planned with the end goal in mind.

Gaining Integrity

The girls learn to respond to others and themselves with care and compassion. Lessons and activities further develop their abilities to sympathize and empathize both within and beyond their social groups.

Team Building

Girls learn how to create meaningful connections with one another, as well as with parents and caregivers, teachers, peers and their communities. Lessons include focusing on cooperative skills and team building in a fun, and positive group setting. The program is also an opportunity to build connections among fellow peers.

Strength Development

The 10-week program provides an opportunity for young girls to find their inner-strength while exercising their physical strength. Girls develop skills to address social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act, and who they should be. By doing so, they are taught how to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Improved in confidence, competence, caring, character or connection to others
increase in physical activity by girls who were least active at the start
of girls said they learned critical life skills at GOTR