Gamma Phi Beta is truly privileged to have a philanthropy that is universally relatable and offers endless opportunities for involvement. With a mission of Building Strong Girls, Gamma Phi Beta is proud to partner with Girls on the Run. The nonprofit organization inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. As leaders in your chapter, you have a responsibility to support Girls on the Run and encourage your members to engage with the program. Fortunately, connecting with Girls on the Run personally and as a chapter is easy.
Girls on the Run is relatable.
Though it might be difficult to remember exactly what elementary school felt like, we all remember situations where we felt like we did not belong, we all have struggled with confidence and self-esteem at some point in our lives, and we are continuously challenged to consider our values and use them in our decision-making process. The girls in the program are learning how to navigate the same situations.
Girls on the Run is local.
It can be hard to raise money when you never get to see the results. It can be challenging to invest in an organization you cannot connect with. The best part about Girls on the Run is there are local chapters across the country. This enables Gamma Phi Betas to invest in girls in their community.
Girls on the Run is accessible.
Girls on the Run is always in need of coaches, and the team loves having collegiate women to look up to. As a leader in your chapter, encourage your members to coach and directly invest in Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropy! If coaching does not work for your schedule, you can volunteer at the end of the season races, make signs to encourage the girls or show off your creative side with headbands and tutus for local teams.
Girls on the Run is an opportunity.
In the closing lines of Neil Hayes’ When the Game Stands Tall, Head Coach Bob Ladouceur says, “Our job is to allow the spirit to work within us to change our small corner of the world – one play at a time, one relationship at a time, one love at a time, one child at a time – and when it’s all said and done you’ll understand that it begins with you.” His words explain the success that has led De La Salle High School to an unparalleled 151-game winning streak over twelve seasons. They also explain why Girls on the Run is such an incredible opportunity. Gamma Phi Betas have the chance to change their small corner of the world by investing in local chapters and local girls to empower the next generation of women leaders.
Girls on the Run is inspiring.
Having the opportunity to directly impact the lives of girls in your community is an incredible gift. The lessons that these girls are learning through the program are relatable no matter how old you are, and their drive to run farther and faster every practice is inspiring. How lucky are you to be able to support and help shape the next generation of confident, intelligent, strong women?
By Mary Carol Butterfield (Georgia)
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Mary Carol joined Gamma Phi Beta at the Delta Upsilon Chapter at the University of Georgia. Mary Carol is a journalism and political science major with a passion for writing, traveling and college football. She has served as ritual chairwoman, new member educator assistant and attended the 2016 Gamma Phi Beta Convention in Atlanta. Living in Delta Upsilon’s beautiful house has been Mary Carol’s favorite part of being in Gamma Phi. From Saturday brunches with all the girls in the house to mattress surfing down the stairs, living in 397 was a dream come true.