Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit

Greater Detroit

Welcome to Girls on the Run! – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-16 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

We believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.
Can.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Vision

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Core Values

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

How Girls On The Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24­ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

Corporate sponsors for Girls on the Run International include Athleta, Secret deodorant, Garmin, and Lego Friends.

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”

That is success.

Name Contact About
Stacey Butler sbutler@ymcadetroit.org Community Engagement Manager
 Sarah Hwozdik shwozdik@ymcadetroit.org Program and 5K Manager
Erin Hitchcock ehitchcock@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader  for all teams in the Birmingham area.
Retha Fox rfox@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader for all teams in the Macomb, Mt. Clemens, and Romeo area.
Kelly Plocharczyk kplocharczyk@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader for for teams in Livonia, Westland, and Garden City, Redford, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights
Danielle Meirow dmeirow@ymcadetroit.org Contact for teams in St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Harper Woods, Detroit and Downriver.
Gina Fagerman gfagerman@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader  for teams in Plymouth, Canton, Northville, and Belleville.
Sandy Gossett sgossett@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader for teams in Royal Oak, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, and Berkley
Rebecca Kosaian rkosaian@ymcadetroit.org Community Program Leader for teams in the Farmington area.
Jackie Kippen jkippen@ymcadetroit.org Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit.

Local Sponsors

Thank you to our Community Partners, Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit would not be possible without your support.

Beaumont Health System

Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with 1,778 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and nearly 3,100 physicians, including 500 employed physicians in the Beaumont Medical Group and more than 2,600 private-practice physicians. In addition to its hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont has 54 community-based sites of care including medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. The Beaumont Research Institute has 1,100 active research studies with more than 82,000 participants. Beaumont, Royal Oak has been named the “most preferred hospital” in a five-county area for 18 consecutive years in a consumer survey by National Research Corporation. The hospital is also nationally ranked in 10 medical specialties on the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” 2014-15 lists and is recognized as a Top Ten Quality Leader by the University HealthSystem Consortium. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Visit Beaumont on the Web at www.beaumont.edu.

Athleta Somerset and Athleta Twelve Oaks

Athleta is the exclusive national athletic apparel sponsor of Girls on the Run. Our organizations’ values are well aligned as we are each committed to inspiring girls and women everywhere to achieve their limitless potential. These shared ideals initially brought many members of the Athleta team to Girls on the Run of Sonoma County, California as volunteer coaches, running buddies and board members. It is through their heartfelt commitment to the program that the company sought to partner with Girls on the Run at the national level. Athleta was founded in 1998 with the mission of providing women athletes with apparel for different sports and fitness activities. Since then, they have become one of the premier brands in the rapidly growing women’s sports and active apparel markets. Athleta offers high quality, stylish and functional apparel, footwear and accessories for women across a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, including a high component of crossover apparel and casual wear. Athleta sells its products through catalogs, retail locations and its website,www.athleta.com. Athleta is headquartered in Petaluma, CA, and has nearly 300 employees, many of which have been involved with Girls on the Run for years.

Thank you to our National Sponsors

Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Athleta, LEGO, Cigna, Vibram, SmartWool, and Gamma Phi Beta as we work to deliver our life-changing program to more than 179,000 girls each year nation wide. These companies are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand’s assets to raise awareness about the program across North America.