Gamma Phi Beta at Valparaiso University demonstrated their commitment to supporting Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana with a generous donation of $800. The sorority raised the funds by hosting a sand volleyball tournament on campus last fall. The tournament was part of a national Gamma Phi Beta fundraising effort called “Moonball,” specifically held to support GOTR programming nationally and locally.
GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Program participants develop their confidence, learn about building healthy relationships and participate in a community service project, while preparing to complete a 5k.
Gamma Phi Beta is committed to giving girls the confidence to dream big and inspire the female leaders of tomorrow. For nearly a century, Gamma Phi Beta has been committed to improving the lives of young girls by not only building stronger girls, but stronger communities through them.
“The continued support of Gamma Phi Beta, as both a national and local sponsor, helps us to continue to offer the GOTR program to girls throughout Northwest Indiana,” said Jill Schlueter-Kim, Executive Director. “The Gamma Phi Beta chapter at VU goes above and beyond by also hosting and coaching a GOTR team on campus, and volunteering at our local 5K events. They are great role models for our girls, and wonderful examples of giving back to their community.”
Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana impacts the lives of approximately 2300 girls throughout NWI each year. Through the help of generous sponsors like Gamma Phi Beta and individual donors, scholarships are provided to 60% of program participants. With the help of Gamma Phi Beta, Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana looks forward to continuing to grow and inspire more girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd -8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana has served over 11,000 girls since starting in 2006.