Volunteer coaches needed for Girls on the Run program

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The 10-week program teaches critical life skills, encourages personal development and fosters team building and community service. Girls on the Run Southern Utah serves girls at 14 sites in Washington and Iron Counties and is in need of 50 coaches to ensure that all 130 girls will have an opportunity to participate in this transformative program this season.


“We invite parents, teachers, and community members who have a passion for helping build strong, healthy young women to register to become a coach for the program,” said Melissa Miller, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Southern Utah, in a release.


Coaches are not required to be runners, but must be at least 18 years old, attend one day of training, pass a background check, and head coaches become CPR/First Aid certified. Girls on the Run covers all training cost. Coaches facilitate lessons to small teams of 8-15 girls who typically meet after-school twice a week for 90 minutes.  The program culminates with all teams participating in a celebratory 5K event.


Krystal Helmick, returning head coach for Girls on the Run program, stated, “Do not be fooled by the name. Girls on the Run is not a running program. The physical component is suited to every girl, regardless of her athletic ability. The keys to this program are the character building lessons; the girls learn how to set boundaries, build healthy relationships, and embrace their individuality. We learn and train together as a team in a supportive non-competitive environment. Coaching has been very rewarding to me, and I look forward to a new season.”


Fall programs offered include the Girls on the Run program for 3rd through 5th-grade girls and the Heart & Sole program for 6th through 8th-grade girls. The programs are held at various sites throughout Washington and Iron Counties and begin the week of Sept. 10.


A coach’s information night is scheduled for Aug. 7, at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, 73 North 900 East, St. George, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.



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