How have you been involved with Girls on the Run?
I began as an assistant coach and running buddy at City Springs Elementary School. I was looking for a volunteer organization to get involved with and as a runner and athlete, fell in love with the program.
What drew you to the program to get involved now?
Being an assistant coach changed my life. I saw an impact on the lives of so many girls firsthand. While all of the girls I coached- along with my running buddies during my coaching seasons- brought so much joy, there was a pivotal memory that led me to know that I would forever want to support and be involved with GOTR. At the end of my first season, one of my running buddies held up a sign that said, “I love you coach Skinner!” and after our run, her mother shared with me the difference the program had made in shaping her daughter’s life – building her confidence emotionally and physically which impacted her scholastics positively as well. Knowing that I was a part of a program that helped empower her and for her to see her worth, still drives me to do better, be better and support more girls – and women- in my life.
I knew as a board member that I could share my personal story, but also do so much more in advocating, supporting, and ensuring GOTR continues to make lifelong impacts for all participants.
Why do you think it's so important for girls today to have access to this program?
Confidence. Trust. Adaptability. Self-worth…Working through the curriculum as a coach had a direct result on my own confidence as well! It’s never too late to learn and grow from each other.
What are some of your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy hiking, camping/campfires and finding unique places/trips to visit with my husband and dog, Mr. Blue. I love swimming, running (doing an annual sibling run with my sister, brother, and husband) and have completed three triathlons. I love baking and hosting parties. Just seeing a smile on someone’s face – and knowing I had a part in that feeling -interests me most in life.