Registration for the Spring 2017 season will open November 1, 2016.
Please look for detailed registration information to come home in October for the 2017 program.
What is Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole?
Girls on the Run (GOTR) and Heart & Sole (H&S) are afterschool programs that educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living. GOTR/H&S help provide girls with the tools necessary to make healthy decisions and the knowledge to lead healthy lifestyles. GOTR is for 3rd-5th grade girls, while H&S is for 6th-8th grade girls. Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole lessons use running as a tool to teach girls about physical, emotional, mental and social health.
The 10 week curriculum offers lessons that specifically address some of the issues that will arise during elementary and middle school. Teams of 8-15 girls will engage in in-depth, age appropriate discussions regarding topics such as bullying and gossiping, making healthy choices, keeping promises and self confidence to name a few. Teams meet twice a week with their trained, volunteer coaches to play games, complete projects and use the power of running to lean about themselves and others! The program ends with the girls completing a non-competitive celebration 5K at the end of May!
Girls on the Run of Ottawa and Allegan Counties is proud to announce our organization’s new program for middle school girls: Heart & Sole! The Heart & Sole curriculum was developed by Girls on the Run International to meet the unique needs of middle school girls. Rich with themes girls can relate to, the curriculum addresses the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and builds life skills that will help girls as they move through adolescence and beyond. Heart & Sole is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers.
How does it work? Just like Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole is a 10-week program with a small team size of 8-15 girls so that girls have an opportunity to build strong connections with one another and their coaches. The program teaches life skills such as:
- Creating a support system
- Boundary setting
- Making connections & friendships
- Goal setting
- Problem solving
- Emotional regulation
- Standing up for themselves and others
- Overcoming obstacles
- Decision making
- Asking for and providing help
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components –body, brain, heart, spirit, and social. At the end of each session, the girls use a journal to record their lap goals and progress and to self-reflect on the topics discussed that day. The journal gives girls time to delve deeper into the themes and topics of interest to them.
Physical activity remains a core element of this new Girls on the Run program and includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
What are girls saying about it?
Girls who have participated in the pilots of Heart & Sole have great things to say about the program. Here’s just a sampling:
“I like how we get to talk about things that matter to us. It’s a time just for us. ”
“I’ve made a lot of friends and we can talk about anything with each other. I like the journal because I can write about how I feel.”
We would love for your girl to be part of Heart & Sole!
Click here for program Frequently asked Questions 2017
Participant Registration Information:
Registration for the Spring 2017 Season will take place from November 1st, 2016 to November 30, 2016.
Please look for your daughter to take home an informational flyer with registration details in October.
Also, please continue to check our website and Facebook page for registration updates!
The cost of the Girls on the Run/ Heart & Sole program is $120 per girl for the twice per week, ten week program. This fee covers the full cost of one girl’s participation which includes:
- A new pair of New Balance Running shoes
- 20 lessons conducted by two certified GOTR coaches
- A Gazelle Sports practice T-shirt
- An official Girls on the Run event T-shirt
- Participation in the 5K Celebration Run/Walk
- A water bottle
A family that can afford to pay the $120 registration fee is asked to pay the full amount.
Payment plans are available. You may choose to pay half ($60.00) at the time of registration with the balance due on or before February 10th, 2017.
*Please Note: When paying by credit card or electronic check, there will be a processing fee. Girls on the Run does not make any money from these fees*
Participants of Girls on the Run and their families who are not financially able to pay the $120 cost may request a scholarship. It is essential that each family contribute as much as it can afford. We depend on the honesty and integrity of each family to contribute as much as they can afford toward the full registration fee so our limited scholarship dollars will reach as many girls as possible. Local fundraising efforts and donations from community supports help bridge the gap between program registrations paid and necessary scholarships. Families requesting a scholarship need to fill out a scholarship application at an open house or online. If registering online, be sure to fill out the scholarship application form before filling out the registration form. Click here for the scholarship application. Your application will be reviewed and a online code will be emailed to you. You may then use the online code to apply the scholarship toward the registration cost when filling out the registration form.
All registration information remains confidential between families and the Program Coordinator. We share this information with families because we remain committed to the principles of the program that inspire all girls regardless of socioeconomic situations. Scholarships may be discussed in detail with program staff at registration open houses.