Girls on the Run - DC
In April 2010, the Oasis Foundation hosted a dinner to celebrate Girls on the Run (GOTR) founder Molly Barker’s first visit to the GOTR-DC chapter. Oasis was able to bring together leading philanthropists and policy makers in the District in order to share GOTR’s mission and initiatives.
In August 2010, Oasis made a $20,000 donation toward scholarships specifically for girls in Wards 7 and 8 who want to participate in the Girls on the Run program. The donation will also allow GOTR-DC to expand into new sites in these critical areas where it did not have the resources to exist before.
And in December 2010, the Oasis Foundation donated $5,000 in sponsorship of the GOTR-DC end-of-season 5K, held at American University.
Ms. Barker, MSW, and four-time Hawaii Ironman tri-athlete, founded Girls on the Run in 1996. Combining her counseling and teaching expertise with research on adolescent issues, she developed and delivered the first curriculum with 13 girls in Charlotte, North Carolina. The innovative, experiential program combines training for a 5K race with life-changing, confidence-building lessons that enhance the physical and mental health of 8 - 12 year old girls.
GOTR has had such measurable outcomes as:
· Significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem
· Improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participants
Founded in 2006, GOTR-DC is an affiliate council of Girls on the Run International. In the fall of 2009, it served more than 500 girls in DC at more than 30 site locations. There are currently 160 GOTR locations across the U.S. and Canada, with new chapters added each year. We use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in those critical pre-teen years and beyond.
The Oasis Foundation enthusiastically supports the DC chapter of Girls on the Run, and its continued programming and expansion into the neediest areas of DC.
For more information on GOTR-DC, please visit http://gotrdc.org/.