The Issue: Preventable Injuries from Improper Footwear
Running shoes serve an important purpose for runners. They provide necessary support for the hard impact to the heels, knees, and ankles that occurs when feet strike the ground, preventing both short- and long-term injuries. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area provides recreational running programs for young girls, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds and cannot afford running shoes. Instead, they often wear fashion shoes such as boots and casual sneakers, which pose a serious risk for injury.
The Campaign: Funding Running Shoes for Girls
If this Grassroots campaign raises $450, then Girls on the Run of the Bay Area can fund new running shoes for 10 girls who are participating in its 10-week running program. Each additional $45 raised will provide a new pair of running shoes to another girl in the program. In 2011, 87% of the girls received scholarships to allow them to participate.
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Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
There's nothing quite like the feeling of flying across the pavement as your feet pound out the rhythm of running. With each jog they take, runners build up strength and stamina—not to mention confidence. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area works to build that confidence in young girls with recreational running programs that serve more than 1,000 girls aged 8–13. The programs meet in small groups twice a week for 10 weeks. Enthusiastic coaches engage the girls in running-based workouts with their peers, and they also address other issues that may affect the girls’ lives, such as nutrition, gossip, and standing up for themselves. At the end of the 10-week session, the girls gather for a noncompetitive 5K running event.
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