I realized I missed last week’s Motivational Monday– EEK! I’m back with it this week though, and similar to Girls on the Run, I’m highlighting a wonderful running non-profit: Girls with Sole (based in Ohio). I first read about this organization, founded in 2009, in an article in Runner’s World. The mission and vision of Girls with Sole is as follows:
Use free fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who are at-risk or have experienced abuse of any kind.
Our vision is a world where every girl thinks of herself as an athlete- and is inspired and nurtured in mind, body and soul- to achieve her fullest potential and inner most success.
Running is such a therapeutic activity, and Girls with Sole helps at risk and abuse survivors heal and empower themselves through running and other fitness and wellness activities. Girls can participate in all programs free of charge, and supplies are also provided at no cost (covered by donations from the local running store and other sources).
Some of the statistics regarding young girls and abuse are shocking: “approximately 1 in 4 teens report being a victim of emotional abuse; 73% of girls in juvenile justice have experienced physical or sexual victimization; and A history of abuse is a stronger predictor of delinquency in girls than in boys.”
Helping girls to develop a better sense of self-esteem and self-confidence is crucial to helping them succeed and avoid the pitfalls that are so often the result of verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse. Please take a second and visit their website HERE. If you live in the Rocky River area of Ohio, and you would like to volunteer to help Girls With Sole, you can find information HERE or you can donate HERE.