Girls on the Run Put to the Test & Help Others Too

Girls on the Run

Best wishes to the Phoenix Academy Girls on the Run who will be participating in the finale of the year – the 5K run in Lincoln, NE this Saturday, May 9th.

Our GOTR girls have learned so much this year about health and fitness.  They have learned the importance of eating the right foods with healthy snacks and drinking enough water.  They have also learned how to be emotionally healthy and how to process their thoughts and emotions by using positive self talk.  The process is STOP – BREATHE – THINK and then RESPOND.

On Saturday, April 25th, the girls, coaches, and buddies all had a great time when they held a practice 5K on the Keystone Trail here in Omaha.  It was a cool rainy day but that didn’t keep our GOTR girls down!  Twenty three girls participated and had a great time.  The smiles on their faces at the finish line captured the essence of their excitement.  Their hard work and dedication over the last few months paid off as each one crossed the finish line with their arms up in victory.  It was great to see the “buddies” – family members – support too.  Phoenix Academy GOTR has not only impacted the girls but many whole families have stepped up their fitness commitment.

Our Phoenix Academy GOTR girls also learned about making a positive impact on society by helping those in need. As part of the curriculum our girls chose to hold a canned food drive for Project Hope.  From now until May 15th they are collecting tuna and other canned goods, crackers, cereal, instant oatmeal, and grain products.

GOTR- Nebraska is one of 229 organizations across the country dedicated to building strong girls with running, positive thinking and goal setting.  Since its inception, with 11 girls in Lincoln in 2013, GOTR – Nebraska has expanded to serve more than 12,100 girls across the state.

We send a special thanks to our coaches and parent helpers who have made our GOTR program so successful this year.  Many thanks to Coach Amy Ryan, Coach Kym Blomenberg, and Coach Jennifer Osten.  Thank you to ALL the parents and volunteers who donated time, materials and talents.

This Saturday our GOTR girls will participate in one of three 5K’s taking place across the state.  Our run will take place at Holmes Lake in Lincoln at 10 a.m.  Rain or shine the girls will run!  We wish them the best as they celebrate their GOTR season!

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