SELF Women Doing Good Award given to Liz Ferro

We are proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, Liz Ferro, has been honored with the Women Doing Good Award by SELF Magazine!

Liz has a genuine love for her community and those she serves! She has earned this award for her continued commitment to providing free fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies, and souls of girls who have experienced any type of abuse, or who are at-risk.
Congratulations to Liz for receiving this well-earned distinction.

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Liz Ferro named Body Positive Role Model of the month for June

Colleen Fitzgibbons, Blogger and budding Author, named Liz as June’s Body Positive Role Model of the Month in a ‘My Marathon 2 Recovery’ Blog post.

Check it out!

Body Positive Role Model of the Month

Every month I will dedicate a post to a person who is a true Body Positive Role Model, whether it be a singer, actress/actor, model, athlete, or even someone in my life!
JUNE 2013

LIZ FERRO

June’s Body Positive Role Model is the one, the only, Liz Ferro! Liz is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. She is a great role model for young girls (and people in general) and an inspiration to so many, including me.I recently read her book, Finish Line Feeling. This is by far my favorite memoir I’v e ever read! It’s about Liz’s journey from being a foster child and sexual abuse survivor to founder of the nationally recognized running organization, Girls with Sole. Liz describes throughout her memoir how athletics basically saved her life – sports helped her find joy and fulfillment in life whilst also forming her into the strong, confident, inspirational woman she is today. Her story is heartbreaking but also uplifting, and you’ll also be sure to find yourself laughing out loud through her wittiness and humor.The main reason for choosing Liz as June’s BPRM is what she promotes and does for young girls. She wanted to start an organization to help at-risk girls who may have experienced abuse of any kind through her love of athletics. She wanted the girls to experience the “finish line feeling.” That euphoria one experiences have crossing the finish line of 5K, triathlon, or Ironman. And that she has.

Girls with Sole Mission:
Use free fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who are at-risk or have experienced abuse of any kind.

Girls with Sole Vision:
Our vision is a world where every girl thinks of herself as an athlete- and is inspired and nurtured in mind, body and soul- to achieve her fullest potential and inner most success.

A couple of weekends ago, I ran in the 3rd Annual Girls with Sole LULA 5K. LULA stands for  Lacing Up for a Lifetime of Achievement. I was the 500th person to “like” the Facebook page and won a free race entry! I am so glad I won the race entry – not to have a free race entry, but because I got to run in an amazing event for an even more amazing cause… It was so heartwarming to see the excitement on those young girls’ face before their first 5K, and even more so to see them cross the finish line and experience, as Liz would say, that “finish line feeling.” Liz signed my book for me (I had finished it the night before the race), and the first thing she said was, “You read it and you’re still acting like you like me!” No Liz, I don’t like you, I LOVE you! I LOVED the realness of her book and for sharing her story with the world. She is the recipient of both the 2011 Classic Woman Award from Traditional Home Magazine and the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Award. Girls With Sole has been featured in Ohio Magazine, Runner’s World Magazine, and CBC Magazine. Liz is a mom, wife, motivational speaker and author.Among all her amazing achievements is her athletic ones. According to her book, to date Liz has completed sixteen marathons (two of them 50K Ultras), four Iron-distance triathlons and countless road races and triathlons.THANK YOU, LIZ FOR ALL YOU DO – KEEP MOVING FORWARD! <

Liz Ferro is Keynote Speaker at Hathaway Brown’s Girls’ Health Fest

Hathaway Brown is partnering with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children and the Ahuja Medical Center to host an inaugural event, Healthy Bodies, a fun-filled, action-packed, educational health and wellness conference for adolescent and pre-adolescent girls and their parents. (Parents are encouraged but not required to attend.) The program is designed to educate and excite girls about physical, mental and social health and wellness, as well as build the foundation for life-long healthy behaviors and habits. This event is free and open to girls in fourth through eighth grade from Hathaway Brown and the greater Cleveland community. Parents are encouraged to attend with their daughter where they can get moving together as well as attend workshops designed just for parents!

Liz Ferro, founder of Girls with Sole, will open the event as our keynote speaker. This will be followed by numerous health and wellness workshops presented by experts in the field. These include student-centered Brain Power! and Move It! workshops and Parent Workshops, too. All session offerings are listed below. The group will also come together as a whole for discussion, spirit events and, of course, healthy snacks!

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Liz Ferro honored with 2012 Longines and Town & Country Magazine Women Who Make A Difference Award

Luxury Watches News — 30 October 2012

Swiss luxury watch company Longines recently celebrated their 150th year anniversary of expertise in manufacturing watches along with lifestyle magazine Town & Country celebrated exceptional women at their annual Women Who Make a Difference Awards. Longines along with Town & Country honored women who have made an impact on the lives of children through her charitable work.

Winners of this prestigious award received an Longines timepiece, were flown to New York City where they had a dinner in their honor and sat for a professional photo shoot with Town & Country magazine. The winners also had the opportunity to spread awareness about their charities with a full page ad in the magazine’s February 2013 issue. Longines’ U.S. Brand President Jennifer Judkins states that this is the brand’s fourth year honoring women who dedicate their lives to the advancement of children.

The winners of the 2012 Longines Women who Make a Difference Awards are Saran Kaba Jones, Liz Ferro and Dr. Pam Cantor. These three remarkable women were honored for their untiring work and their influence over the many children in their communities. Sara Kaba Jones founded FACE Africa in 2009 to help provide safe drinking water for the millions of people in her native country of Liberia. FACE Africa along with the help of other charities and grants was able to launch several water and sanitation proejects.

Liz Ferro is the founder and executive director of Girls With Sole. The Girls With Sole program assists girl with a history of physical and sexual abuse to boost their self-esteem through a variety of fitness and wellness programs. Ferro indicates that she was a foster child who experienced sexual abuse and credits sports and fitness to give her self-esteem and help her through difficult times.

Dr. Pam Cantor is the founder and CEO of Turnaround for Children. This organization teams up with schools in New York City, New Jersey and Washington D.C. to foster a positive learning environment in high-poverty and low performance schools. Studies have found that schools who have enlisted in this program experienced fewer behavioral problems and higher scores.