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Board Member Spotlight: Mary Clare Coghlan

How have you been involved with Girls on the Run?

I was a coach at NAPS in Annapolis in 2012 and it was such a wonderful experience to share how much a team and sport has helped me with confidence, friendships and mental health and to see the girls have the same experience.

What drew you to the program to get involved now?

I spoke as a panelist at the fundraiser last spring and was touched by the larger community of girls, parents, coaches, and community partners and was looking to have more impact.  

Why do you think it's so important for girls today to have access to this program?

The opportunities that my parents worked so hard to give me and all of my siblings are something I not only appreciate but want to pay forward. The more I mention Girls on the Run to people, the more I notice how their face lights up - whether they participated as a participant, coach or volunteer. It is crucial for our girls to not only have a place to learn about themselves but to find a tribe.

Why do you believe the program has an impact? 

There are two life lessons I love about Girls on the Run: a positive mind-body connection and agency to make a difference. 

What are some of your hobbies or interests?

Anything that supports animals and veterans' causes! I love coaching volleyball, being outdoors, and visiting my family out west.


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