Home town: Portland, Oregon | Giving since: 2007
If not us, then who? It takes a village to raise a child. We must choose to be the village. Some have the opportunity to be actively involved through participation. For others we have the satisfaction of knowing we help through our continuing support and generosity.
Having three daughters who are the most wonderful girls in the world (now semi-grownups) makes one aware of how emotional, fragile and needy pre teens and young teens are. Whatever we can do to support them during this critical development period is invaluable.
In strengthening and nurturing others we are also strengthened, nurtured and reinforced in our own wellbeing and happiness. It is a win for everyone. It is so great to get the card each year with the thank you from the girls.
Think globally but act locally. An aspect of Title IX Track Girls is that it puts this notion to work. Through organization and focus a difference can be made that can influence for a life time. The goal is continue to propagate it forward.
Hometown: South Boston, MA | Giving since: 2007
Title IX Girls fosters a love of running and commitment to exercise that will hopefully follow the girls throughout their lives making them happy and healthy. Additionally, empowerment and self-confidence are often lacking in female youth, and I want to support and encourage, as much as possible.
The running club emphasizes the many benefits of running, including fitness, camaraderie and goal setting. As a runner myself, I realize these benefits every day in my personal and professional life.
These girls are our future leaders and we should do what we can to enrich them. There are numerous examples of girls who have achieved athletic and academic success during and following their Club tenure.
I have tremendous confidence in Stacy and her team to prepare and coordinate a program that provides girls with skills and tools to foster their physical and emotional development. It is my pleasure and honor to be associated with Stacy and the Title IX Girls.
I’m proud of the growth and positive influence of the running club. The girls are inspirational, and I am pleased to monitor their many successes.
Hometown: Quincy, MA | Giving since: 2007
It’s important to give for two main reasons. First, I’ve experienced first-hand the joy and excitement the girls have while running with the club. I’ve seen the amazing support they give one another, and how it has translated into their lives beyond running. Additionally, I know the effort and passion that Stacy puts into the club, and the reasons behind it.
While I do not have daughters, I do have nieces. Everyone should be concerned with the health and wellness of pre-teen and adolescent girls. To me, this seems like a real no-brainer. This is a critical time in a girl’s development that helps to determine how she matures into womanhood. Girls that mature in a healthy way will have a much better chance to become positive members of society, which in turn simply creates a better society, benefiting everyone and not just the individual.
As a runner, it’s great to see others get joy out of running. I also know that running is a mental workout as well as a physical one. How Title IX Girls uses running as part of an overall physical/mental/emotional program to positively influence girls is simply outstanding. I know this, because I get to hear personally from Stacy on the club, often on a weekly basis. Every season gets better and better, with more and more girls joining. That in conjunction with the thank you notes from the girls on their great experiences simply brings me great joy.
“My most memorable time in Title IX Girls was the Spectacle Island Road Race. When we got on to the ferry I was already sweating. The sun was directly over us I knew it would be a hard run. After we all got our racing bibs we started to stretch. (Karaoke was my favorite stretch!) coaches told us how we would run around the island twice and how there would be a water stop at the halfway point. Everyone was at the starting line. I didn’t know how we were all going to squeeze onto this thin small little path. I counted the seconds 5…4…3…2…1…GO! It sounded like a stampede some people chose to dash ahead others spread out and jogged toward the back. The team was right in the middle. I was a quarter way done when I got really hot. Thankfully a water stop was just around the corner. Three quarters of the way done and I could barely stand. I was sweating and my legs felt like lead. I came up the last hill and I started to sprint. I could hear all the cheering. And I sped up. I crossed the finish line and smiled. Like I never had before. Without title nine I couldn’t have done that. That’s why I love it so much. I don’t think I’m ever going to leave.”—Cecilia, 12-year-old member
“For a school research paper on agents of change in the 1900’s I decided to study Title IX. I thought you might enjoy reading my paper! If we had more time I would have included something about club but, it was a super rushed process Hope you are enjoying the warm weather! Maybe sometime in late July we can go on another run!”
“My favorite part was when the most uninterested girl was later telling her teacher that she was going to run ever day.”–Jen, Running Clinic Volunteer Coach, 2014, when asked what she enjoyed most about Girls Sports Day event
“Aaahhhh!!! the pleasure was all mine. I got more out of it than the girls, I think. :)”
“Thanks so much for your kind and understanding words. It meant a lot to Grace to hear your message, and to hear that the coaches would miss her…and it especially made her feel good to realize that she would be welcomed back. You run a fabulous program, Stacy, and we really hope to be part of it in the fall. Thanks again!”–Stephanie, Grace’s Mom, 2014, on her decision to wait until the fall to join the Club full time.
“I read about your organization on Boston.com and had to contribute. I cannot quantify how running, playing sports and working out helped my growth and self-image when I was growing up, but I know it had a tremendous positive impact on me and my friends. I hope I will be able to increase my contribution in the future. This effort is important – Thank you!”
“I have no idea how I ran this marathon… But I have you to thank for convincing me all along that it was always possible. I ran the whole entire way and finished with no injuries…A miracle! I am just walking like a granny because I have the legs of a girl who ran a marathon she never had a chance to train for. So a little side stepping down the stairs was all worth it. Thank you Stacy!!!! I carried your encouragement all 26.2 miles through each borough of our most favorite marathon :)”–Coach Melissa, 2013
“Unfortunately we’re away and won’t be able to join the race this weekend. So I wanted to take a minute and thank you for offering such a wonderful opportunity to all these girls. I just love the mission of the club and how girls can connect with peers from other schools and get mentored by some very cool coaches. Emma and Kate don’t see themselves as the strongest runners, but they’ve enjoyed the spirit of the group, which is a powerful force, in my mind. Thanks again and I hope you have some relaxing summer months ahead.”
“Wanted to let you know how much the twins loved the program. The girls were so welcoming to them ~ my girls jumped right in. They were talking about next week on the ride home. Thank you :)”Maureen, Club Mom, 2013
“Sorry Eve bailed today, but I actually think it was, for her, courageous in its own way. She has a very, very hard time cutting herself slack. Those high expectations are great, but she can be way too hard on herself. One way that shows up is not wanting to acknowledge it when she’s sick. Another is worrying too much what people will think of her. What was good about her decision not to run was that she cut herself the slack to admit she didn’t feel well, note that the rain didn’t make her feel better, and decide that with no one else running she wasn’t letting anyone down, except maybe you coaches. So I pass along this comment not because I think you guys would be anything but supportive but just so you know what goes on in that dynamic little head of Eve’s. I was happy she felt safe enough with you guys to decide not to run. It’s a measure of the relationship you all have built with her. Thanks for all of that.”
-Tim (Dad) of a 13 year old member
“Thanks for your response. We went to Danehy yesterday and it was great. Elizabeth loved the workout! She was so proud of herself for running 2 miles for the first time in her life! Hopefully you will be back next week and we can meet.”
-Ann Marie (Mom) of a 10 year old member
“Hey Stacy, this is Carolyn from running club. I know you have not seen me much at all – I had a little bit of a rough time, so I was not allowed to come for a while. After that was graduation – I am now gone from the program, back in my hometown trying to get my life back together, volunteering at the nursing home, looking for a summer job the list goes on… I do not think I will be able to still be in running club since it is a two-hour drive from my house.
I feel pretty bad about not being able to say goodbye. I want to let you know that it was an amazing experience for me – something every Tuesday to look forward to! I never really thought I could run, but I guess it’s all about taking the leap and just having fun with it – which trust me, you and Forty have taught me to do. Thank you for everything. Do you know any divisions in Connecticut, by the way? I would love to continue running.
Tell everyone I said hi, and to not forget the sunscreen. Hope you have a great summer.”
-Carolyn, 17 year old member
“These opportunities for discussion and learning sound so great for our girls!”
-Beth Weirnet, Director of clinical programming at the Germaine Lawrence School (we’ve served 9 of their students since 2007)
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THAT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 ;D
YOU ROCK STACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! 😛
I’M REALLY EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUNNING CLUB ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
-Emma, 14 year old member since 2007 when she learned we were getting club sweatshirts
“It was so nice to be back in running club. Katie absolutely loved it and in the car on the way back Caroline was saying that running just makes her feel good, and not because her eating disorder is craving exercise (which is the concern) but because it just lifts her mood and relaxes her. I’m pretty thrilled with this – for Caroline that is a huge departure from where she was a couple months ago. So thank you for providing this again!
As for the missing release I apologize, Magda told me that she had filled out her registration, gotten her waiver signed by staff and also paid her dues. I will make sure she brings it next time and let her know that if she is not going to communicate honestly she will not be able to participate. I’m not sure about Katie’s — it could be a mixup, I’ll have her fill out another one.
Thank you so much for the clothes. The girls were very excited on the way back and did a nice job making sure Shae was there before they split up the stuff. Thank you again – this means so much to them. I will see you next week!”
-Jessica Spurgen, clinical coordinator at the Germaine Lawrence School
“I started out running with my mom, starting near a sign that said “9 minute mile runners”. We were hardly jogging when the gun went off, because it took a long time for the people in front of us to get moving and it was really crowded. It thinned out a little, and I soon realized that when I was staying with my mom, people were passing us, and I’m not the kind of person who lets people pass me. I like to pass people myself. So, I split up from my mom, planning to meet her when she came in. I picked up my pace quite a bit, looking for loopholes through the crowd. At one point, we went under a bridge and then we turned around and started running the other way, and I saw my mom running on one side and I was on the other. We then made another turn and I saw my mom another time. I wasn’t feeling tired at all, and I was going a reasonable pace. I wasn’t listening to music or anything, but what kept me going was counting the number of people I passed. It made me feel like I was making progress, and I was doing great.
On around the fourth or fifth mile, we ran over the salt and pepper bridge. I was beginning to feel a little bit tired now, but not because I was running out of energy but because I wasn’t passing many people anymore. I didn’t know if I was with a faster group or if i was slowing down, but I pushed myself to keep passing people. Most of these people were at least college students, and there were only a few people my age. The race was going a lot faster than I had expected, and each mile seemed to be a big portion of the race. When I had about a mile to go, I realized that that only meant four times around the track, and I thought: That’s easy! I can do it in no time!
I pushed the speed again, and then, very soon, I saw a 6 mile marker. I thought, “am I done?” and then I realized that it was 6.2. We turned a corner, and I could see a large banner high above my head in the distance, which I knew was the finish line. I saw a girl that looked about my age running with an older woman up ahead of me, and I said to myself, “i know I can beat her.” Now that I knew how much was left, I decided to give it everything I had left. I sprinted to the finish, flying by the surprised girl, and then I was done. The race felt so quick, and I felt like I could run another 20 miles! I waited for my mom, and in about 15 minutes, she finished. I raided all of the freebies, and then we got on the train and went home. Soccer practice that night wasn’t very enjoyable. 😀
P.S. You can send this to running club if you want to!”
-Emma, 14 year old member (this is her race report for her first road race of 6.2 miles)