Since 2008, Girls on the Run has empowered girls to be the best they can be.
Girls on the Run of Greater Tampa Bay is a chapter of Girls on the Run, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building up the confidence of pre-teen girls through running. This is an organization that takes a multi-dimensional approach to young female empowerment, focusing on girls’ self-confidence, character development, self- and other-regarding care, social connectedness and competence. Girls on the Run’s ultimate goal is that participants develop into the kinds of girls and young women who not only thrive, but who also live lives of purpose in which they are invested in their communities. To that end, the organization works with girls in grades 3 through 8, with high school girls serving as volunteers and coaches, leading the way for the next generation.
Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay
Number of Employees
Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay (GOTR) envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The GOTR program is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to develop and enhance 3rd-5th grade girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. Established in 2008, GOTR has served 5,120 girls across Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties and hosts two 10-week seasons per year (fall and spring), each season culminating in 5k graduation event. In Fiscal Year 2017-18, with 1 full-time paid staff, 1 part-time paid staff, 13 Board Members, 250+ trained Volunteer Coaches, GOTR delivered our evidence-based program to 1,194 girls at over 50 locations. Meeting twice a week for 10 weeks at their program site Volunteer Coaches lead small teams of 8-20 girls through the curriculum which is divided into three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Physical activity is woven into each lesson to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. The season concludes with a celebratory GOTR 5K event.
Awards & Accolades
Girls on the Run is the only national physical-activity based positive youth development program for girls with compelling evidence of program impact. It is our research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets us apart as an exemplary youth development program for girls.
Core values/mission statement
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Laura Moore is responsible for all organization activities, including program management, recruitment, special events, fundraising, volunteer management and infrastructure. Ms. Moore has grown the program from six locations to 28, with record growth each season since the fall of 2014. She integrated the Sarasota GOTR Council into the Tampa Bay Council, which expanded Council territory to four counties. She also successfully implemented a five-year Strategic Plan, which included designing and funding a new scholarship program, establishing an advisory board and creating and maintaining financial reports.