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Coach Spotlight: Jessi

1) How have you been involved with Girls on the Run?
I've coached at two schools in Baltimore City, KIPP and Francis Scott Key.  I've coached for 3 years and 6 seasons. 


2) What drew you to the program to get involved?
I started when I taught PE in city schools and I loved the idea of a program that not only focused on physical fitness for girls but also worked with self esteem.  


3) Why do you think it's so important for girls today to have access to this program?
I think it is so important to connect exercise and self esteem in a positive way since exercise can be linked to poor self esteem and eating disorders. In an age of so much of a child's life taking place online, getting outside and making connections with peers is that much more important.


4) How have you seen the program impact a girl on your team?
One of my favorite moments last year was watching girls who were not friends before the season walk out of school together talking and laughing.  It helps girls break out of their normal social circles to make new friends.


5) What are some of your hobbies or interests?
Well, I love running.  I compete in Spartan obstacle course races. I also have a French bulldog named Bronx, who I love. When I'm not working or working out, I love to have game nights with friends. 


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