As part of our dedication to improving the lives of youth in the communities we serve, FSU Credit Union is proud to be supporting Girls on the Run of the Big Bend’s (GOTRBB). Through our Borrow 4 Less – Give Back More program, $10 from every eligible new or refinanced auto loan made at FSU Credit Union in July will be donated to GOTRBB.

GOTRBB’s mission is to inspire girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident, using a fun experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. During the 10-week season, girls learn healthy habits such as selecting nutritious food, believing in themselves, giving back to the community, and overcoming obstacles. The girls are empowered to turn those lessons into healthy lifestyles. The program culminates in the girls completing a celebratory 5k. Completing the 5k provides a tangible sense of achievement, as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.

What girls say…

“From Girls on the Run, I learned to be the happy with who I am.” -Mackenzie

“I learned that I can believe in myself and make friends and cheer for them.” -Dawn

“Girls on the Run taught me to be a leader and help our community.” -Morgan

“I love Girls on the Run because it is fun, encouraging and helpful to our school.” -Ava

“GOTR has taught me important life lessons like talking out your problems. It also taught me how to run farther and push myself more than I thought I could.” -Molly

Since 2013, GOTRBB has empowered over 1,100 girls throughout their nine seasons in Tallahassee. These girls have been supported by 1,463 caring adults who served as coaches and running buddies. More than 4,000 family members, girls, running buddies, and coaches participated in nine signature 5Ks. In addition, our organization has activated a network of more than 2,239 volunteers to support all aspects of program and council operations. Finally, more than $40,000 in scholarship have been awarded so that girls can experience this transformational program.

The Girls on the Run program was recently included in a guide of Top Research-Based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs by a Harvard University/Wallace Foundation study, as well as recognized as one of the National Afterschool Association’s 2017 Most Influential in Health and Wellness after school programs. The program has a significant impact on the lives of girls – teaching critical life skills, increasing physical activity, building connections between peers, and more.

Connect with GOTRBB at gotrbigbend.org to find out more ways that you and/or your organization can plug-in and unleash the limitless potential in girls. The fall season will kick-off in September and they are actively seeking new sites, coaches, running buddies, and general volunteers. Program registration for girls 3rd-8th grade at select local sites opens the beginning of August. Sign-up your girl at https://www.gotrbigbend.org/Program-Registration

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