EPB Fiber Optics and Fleet Feet Chattanooga are partnering with Girls on the Run of Southeast Tennessee to deliver running shoes to the Girls on the Run team at Clifton Hills Elementary School. On Thursday a pop-up shoe store will be delivered to their after-school practice. The team will go through the fitting process with Fleet Feet staff and, through a sponsorship from EPB Fiber Optics, will be able to choose and keep a pair of shoes.
Girls on the Run of Southeast Tennessee never turns away a girl from the program based on financial need. As a result, the nonprofit subsidizes the program fee for hundreds of girls annually. Sometimes, this commitment to each girl can mean helping families pay for running shoes as well.
“There have been a few girls in the program over the years who have requested running shoes, but we have never provided shoes to an entire team before,” said Anna Baker, council director for Girls on the Run of Southeast TN. “Our partnership with EPB Fiber Optics and Fleet Feet Chattanooga means we are able to bring shoes – and this unique experience – to the girls at Clifton Hills Elementary.”
"Girls on the Run, a nonprofit physical activity-based positive youth development program, has a unique formula to help girls develop self-confidence, enhance problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions," officials said. "Trained volunteer coaches guide girls through a curriculum that intentionally builds confidence through accomplishment, with lessons such as Finding Your Star Power and Standing Up for Others. Each lesson creatively integrates running and by the end of the 10-week program, girls have trained to run a 5k. The season ends with teams from across Southeast Tennessee coming together to run the Celebration 5k.
"Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Thousands of girls in Hamilton, Bradley and Polk Counties have participated in Girls on the Run of Southeast Tennessee since the nonprofit was established."