Girls on the Run receives $25,000 from Rite Aid

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio receives $25,000 from Rite Aid Healthy Futures

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio has received a $25,000 grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures, designed to combat health disparities and advance fitness and friendships among adolescent girls.

Girls on the Run is a leader in positive youth development, and its experience-based curriculum integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The organization currently operates 171 local councils across the United States and Canada, serving nearly 200,000 girls annually.

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio is committed to increasing the diversity of participants and volunteer coaches, with the goal that each program site mirrors the community’s ethnic breakdown.

The latest funding marks the third year of partnership between GOTR and Rite Aid Healthy Futures, the public charity affiliated with Rite Aid that seeks to advance equity and opportunity for children and youth. The grant supports the organizations’ shared commitment to strengthening and empowering local communities.

“Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio serves girls ages 8-15. We engage girls at a young age and teach them about kindness, compassion and tolerance,” said Robyn Cutler, executive director of Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio. “They realize we have more similarities than differences. Our curriculum helps girls learn to use their voices to lift others.”

The grants are funded through Rite Aid’s KidCents fundraising program. Rite Aid customers can round up their purchases online or in-store to support children’s health and wellness. Healthy Futures reinvests the funds into Rite Aid communities through grants benefiting organizations such as Girls on the Run. ∞