The Class of 2013 touched the lives of each of our girls personally, and gave them a gift that will benefit them for many years to come.
For many of our girls, this was their first attempt at a 5K. They were outside their comfort zones, and admittedly, nervous by the unknown of it all.
In Girls With Sole they learn through our programming that running and athletics allows the runner to defeat doubt trial after trial, growing stronger and more sure of themselves with each footstrike.
It allows the girls to truly climb hills and clear obstacles.
It provides a feeling of empowerment and freedom that comes with knowing that their minds, legs and body are strong and capable…..and if they believe…they will achieve.
Yet, getting a group of teens to not only believe these things, but to actually get up early on a Sunday morning and face their fears is no easy fete, no matter how much “sole” you have!
The HB Class of 2013 created the warmest and most amazing and welcoming environment for each of our girls!
The HB seniors showed such genuine excitement, and took the girls under their wings with integrity and caring leadership skills that adults and teens the world over could learn from.
From the moment we arrived on campus we felt the caring spirit from every student, faculty member and HB parent we encountered.
As if the entry into the race and completing the 5K wasn’t enough, each Girls With Sole participant was given a special goody bag, breakfast, and free carnival games and prizes that could easily light up the darkest night!
Some of the students were able to run with our girls and encourage them to keep going, as well as, act as personal mentors for the day.
The girls crossed the finish line with pride and smiles wider than the Montana sky, and because of how special HB made them feel, their fears were forgotten and replaced with empowerment.
Each one of them wanted to know when they could race again, and many talked about “When we come back to do this next year…..”
The mind, body and soul connection was made today- thanks to all that the HB students have done for our organization and our girls.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and wish you all well as you graduate, and continue to “Lace Up for a Lifetime of Achievement!”