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Girls on the Run Bayou region needs volunteer coaches this Spring

LULING — Girls on the Run Bayou Region Coach Registration is now open! Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The 10-week program incorporates running to teach critical life skills, encourage personal development and foster team building and community service. Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons.

The Bayou Region Council is excited to announce that the program is back this spring with a community site at Bayou Country Sports Park in Houma. Coaches will lead girls at various dates and times in this great new location, with the season beginning on Feb. 22. After being unable to host in-person teams for the last 10 months, the program is in need of dedicated volunteers to bring this transformative program back to young girls in the community.

Emma Thibodeaux, a student at Mulberry Elementary, said, “One of the things I like most about Girls on the Run is that it builds self-respect by teaching us to believe in ourselves and stand up for ourselves. We support and encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.”

Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons to small teams of girls who typically meet after-school twice a week for 75 to 90 minutes. The program culminates with all teams participating in a celebratory 5K event. Individuals must be at least 18 years old to serve as an assistant coach or at least 21 years old to serve as a head coach. Volunteer coaches do not need to be runners but must complete a background check and participate in on-line and in-person training.

Girls on the Run Bayou Region’s spring Coach Registration is now open.  For more information or to sign up to coach, visit www.gotrbayouregion.org/Coach.

Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization with councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has served over 1.4 million girls since its inception in 1996. For more information on Girls on the Run Bayou Region Council, please visit www.gotrbayouregion.org.