... from all of us on the Party squad and from Girls on the Run Northern Virginia for an incredibly successful first Pink & Green Party! You helped us raise nearly $40,000 for our community's girls. WOW! If you missed the event but would still like to contribute to this amazing cause, you can do so by clicking "Donate Now." Until next year!
Why stand behind Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia?
For a number of reasons, ranging from upbringing to biology to the media, girls are less self-assured than boys. A growing body of evidence shows how devastating this lack of confidence can be. Among 5-12th grade girls, 59% were dissatisfied with their body shape and 47% said they wanted to lose weight because of photos they saw in magazines. Girls and boys enjoy and succeed in science equally in 4th grade, but by 8th grade, girls’ interest and participation drops. By age 15, girls are twice as likely as boys to become depressed. Only 19% of girls have positive association with 'Like a Girl.'
Each year, GOTR NOVA teaches 5,000 girls in grades 3-8 that they are strong, healthy, and ready for any challenge. At 150 sites (including 33 Title 1 schools), trained volunteer coaches lead girls through interactive lessons and running clinics. The research-based curriculum addresses the “whole girl,” inspiring healthy habits and choices that impact emotional and social well-being, as well as physical health. And at the culminating, region-wide 5K fun run, families cheer for the girls from the sidelines – or even run beside them. Regardless of background or income level, girls emerge from the program more likely to engage in exercise, and with higher self-esteem. Over the past 15+ years, GOTR NOVA has served over 50,000 girls in our community. Let's keep it going strong.
Why come to Pink & Green Party?
Increase access for girls. The funds raised by the event will provide resources for those girls and families who struggle to afford participation in the program. Help us to ensure that NOVA's girls grow into strong women.
Be inspired. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s-only race, will be joining us as our keynote speaker.
Enjoy Yourself. Exciting auction items, a wonderful crowd, delicious culinary creations, premium beverages, and music in a beautiful venue. What's not to love?