What's the best way to encourage girls to make and achieve goals, and at the same time teach them about health and fitness?
According to the folks at Greater Milwaukee's Girls on the Run, the answer is to help them train to run a 5K!
The mission of non-profit organization Girls on the Run is to build confidence and fitness in girls in grades 3 through 8 by encouraging them to set a goal of running a 5K, then helping them train for ten weeks, then setting up the 5K for them to achieve their goal.
The Greater Milwaukee chapter, which is celebrating its tenth year in 2017, has served over 5,000 girls in Southeastern Wisconsin, organizing two 5K runs each year, one in June at Bayshore Town Center and one -- the Turkey Trot -- the first week of November.
And now they're inviting people to join them at their annual fundraising event, the Sneaker Soiree, at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union, on Friday, March 10.
There will be a silent auction, food and dancing, along with an address by keynote speaker Bonnie St. John, who had her right leg amputated at age 5 and then went on to become the first African American to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal in ski racing.
Money raised at last year's soiree went to provide more than $80,000 in financial aid to allow all girls to participate in the Girls on the Run program.
For more information, check out the Greater Milwaukee Girls on the Run website.