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Miles and Miles: Georgia Tech Women’s Athletic Department partnership with GOTR Atlanta

January 11, 2011

In the Fall of 2010, Georgia Tech Women’s Athletes began a partnership with Girls on the Run Atlanta.

Girls on the Run Atlanta (GOTR) is very excited about their formal partnership with Georgia Tech. The Women’s Athletic Department of Georgia Tech partnered with GOTR for their Fall 2010 season, to help influence and encourage the young ladies of their community. Each team has their own GOTR group that they assist throughout the season. The athletes go to local schools to read to the girls and to get to know them on a more personal level. By forming a relationship with these girls they are able to teach them responsibility, and reinforce the GOTR principles. The women’s athletic teams meet with the girls to help them improve during their training and, at the end of season, cheer them on at the 5k run. They also lend a helping hand as running buddies and by assisting with stretches, lessons and other various activities.

The female athletes of Georgia Tech agree with the values that the GOTR program is teaching its participants. Amelia Beach, a member of the softball team, says,“it’s good to teach the girls to start young and [about] the responsibility that comes with it.” By sharing their own personal experiences with these young ladies they are able to help steer them in a positive direction and encourage them throughout the season.

The Georgia Tech Athletes showed their dedication on race day making up almost half of the volunteer staff! These women served as course monitors and worked in cheering stations around the race. They also ran a “Goody-Happy Hair” station for the girls to have their hair done. Buzz, the Georgia Tech mascot, even got in on the fun by officially starting off the race, signing autographs and taking pictures with the kids.

To show their appreciation, GOTR will be presenting the Georgia Tech Women’s Athletic Department with a plaque dedicated to all the hard work of the volunteer athletes.

Contributed by the writing class of Georgia Gwinnett College

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