TWO DAYS UNTIL RACE DAY!
April 15, 2017
BENEFITING: GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC
ORGANIZER: GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Hi there! I’m Katie and welcome to my fundraising page for the 2017 Boston Marathon. I am so incredibly honored and excited to be running this race for the first time on behalf of Team Girl Scouts!!
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Girl Scouts for six years- beginning in kindergarten and participating up until middle school. During these years I learned many valuable lessons while exploring new interests, making friends, and learning how to give back within the community. I have great memories from attending Girl Scout camp, earning badges, and selling cookies with the awesome people I met during these formative years. It makes me very proud to have been a part of an organization that helps girls develop self-confidence and character from a young age… and I LOVE that the Girl Scouts believe strongly in showing girls how to live a healthy lifestyle!!
It was after my time as I Girl Scout that I cultivated a personal passion for running. For me, running has become more than just a hobby, but an activity I truly enjoy and go to for stress relief on a regular basis. I love the challenge it provides and the people it has allowed me to meet.
It was in 2014 that I ran my first half marathon, at a time when running thirteen miles seemed like a truly daunting task. As of today, I have completed three half marathons and very recently ran my very first full marathon in Lowell, MA. I love that with each race I continue to improve and prove to myself that I’m capable of more than I ever realized. It is because of groups such as the Girl Scouts that I have learned to seek out and embrace difficult challenges.
As a runner and a Massachusetts native, the idea of competing in the Boston marathon is a real dream come true for me. I’ll never forget being a kid in grade school watching these athletes in complete awe each Patriots’ Day, wishing that someday I could achieve something half as amazing as this marathon. I am completely motivated to do whatever it takes (including a grueling winter workout schedule!) to do the best I can and make Team Girl Scouts proud! It’s such an honor to give back to a group that has helped shape me into the person I am today!
GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC wrote -
Run like a Girl Scout and help us continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!
Join Team Girl Scouts in raising funds for GSEM’s health and wellness initiatives, which educate girls on how to stay healthy and keep moving! We teach girls about empowerment through sports and the importance of both nutrition and activity.
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has been delivering diverse out-of-school programs to girls with a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) was incorporated in 2008 when three independent councils merged and currently serves 35,000 girls in grades K-12 and approximately 15,000 adult volunteers annually from 178 communities in eastern Massachusetts, establishing it as the largest girl-serving leadership development organization in the Commonwealth.
Working in partnership with a team of adult volunteers, GSEM provides high quality leadership development and educational programming to girls through troops and interest groups, in neighborhood and community program facilities, in schools, and as part of many after-school programs. Girl Scouting provides opportunities and experiences as diverse as the girls we serve. While girls are having fun and making new friends, they are also learning. Age-appropriate lessons on health and wellness, financial literacy, peer pressure, and self-esteem are all common themes in Girl Scouting. In addition, our outdoor programs and camps, which offer activities such as swimming, sailing, creative arts, horseback riding, drama, archery, and ropes courses help nurture a love of the environment and encourage girls to respect and preserve the world around them. Our programming is safe and fun, and helps girls to feel good about themselves, try new things, and experience activities to which they may not normally have access.
To ensure girls of all abilities and backgrounds have equal access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, GSEM offers inclusive programming, financial aid, camperships, and a staff-led program, FaB Factor, in 14 under-resourced communities.
All Girl Scout programming is aimed towards providing girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience model engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girl Scout experiences are also, as much as possible, girl-led and we encourage learning by doing and cooperation. Through the Girl Scout experience, GSEM seeks to ensure girls we serve are prepared with the skills and attitude they need to be successful in youth, and later in life, and to re-define what is possible for themselves and for girls and women everywhere
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