Local nonprofit calls on community for coaches

RENO, NV (KOLO) -- Every fall and spring, Girls on the Run Sierras puts on an after school program for third through fifth grade girls. For the program, the organization needs coaches to teach and run with the young ladies. Right now, GOTR is recruiting around 130 coaches for fall 2019.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the nonprofit held a “Meet the Coach” event at Eclipse Running in Reno to give those in the community a chance to learn more about what it takes to be one.

"To hear from one of their colleagues about what the day to day coaching situation looks like I think is impactful and powerful," Joy Heuer, Executive Director for GOTR said.

The program is 10 weeks long, once or twice a week for 90 minutes at a number of schools in the community. Being a coach for the organization is volunteer-driven. The fall program runs September through November. Spring is March through June.

“I'm not a mom I'm not a teacher, I have nieces and nephews but I don't have that interaction day to day with little kids,” Heuer said, “Take all that away because it's amazing it's rewarding, you get more than you give."

"As you get to dive deeper into coaching, you're just diving deeper into yourself but you're also getting to know these girls," Peggy Miller, an employee of GOTR and a third year coach said.

Each person interested in coaching will apply and then go through online and in-person training. Typically during the program there are eight to 15 girls on a team with two or more coaches per team.

Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

"Don't be afraid to put everything you got into it even though you're volunteering," Miller said.

GOTR still needs coaches for this fall. If you’re interested, click here. If you want to help the organization out in another way, you can give monetary donations, contribute to the nonprofit’s Amazon wish list, or volunteer.

GOTR inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.

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