Meet the Collins Family

Posted by Maggie in on Fri 09/16/2016 11:04

By Claire Brown, Program Coordinator

I love hearing stories of how families get involved with GOTR and I feel so grateful to have witnessed the evolution of the Collins’ family’s participation in GOTR.

I first had the pleasure of meeting Laquette and her family at the Volunteer Kick-Off prior to the fall 2015 5k. Laquette was a GOTR program parent, her daughter, Selena, was participating in her first season of GOTR at a University City school, and Laquette was gearing up to volunteer at one of our 5k Packet Pick-Up’s. Laquette had her three children with her; Selena, GOTR participant, Dominic, and Jaylen. I got to talk with Laquette’s two sons, Dominic and Jaylen, and they expressed interest in helping out as well so we hooked them up with a task for the 5k, they received their GOTR-STL 5k Volunteer T-Shirt and they were set! I was so happy when I saw Dominic and Jaylen’s smiling faces early on a brisk fall morning.

Fast forward to our spring 2016 5k, Laquette finished the GOTR-STL 5k as a coach for her daughter’s school and both Dominic and Jaylen volunteered at the 5k handing out medals. This fall, Laquette is serving as the head coach for GOTR and her daughter is participating in GOTR for the third season in a row, and I am hopeful that we will see Dominic and Jaylen at the 5k on November 12.

Laquette, how did your family first get involved with GOTR?
My daughter, Selena, first started GOTR in the fall of 2015 at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary. During that season I volunteered at packet pickup for both days and both of my sons ended up volunteering at the 5k that season as well.

How have the members of your family been involved with or impacted by GOTR?
Both of my boys have made a commitment to volunteer on race day. They enjoy seeing and cheering on the thousands of people crossing the finish line. My daughter asked me to coach after her first season of GOTR. Selena is very dedicated to GOTR and loves sharing the joy with her loved ones. Selena also enjoys making new friends each season and encouraging other girls.

Now you're in your second season of coaching!! What was your motivation to volunteer in this way? Tell us about your experience.
My daughter kept asking me to coach and a previous GOTR coach began telling me about the coaching experience so I decided to give it a try. After my first season of coaching and finishing the 5K with the girls, I realized it was something I wanted to continue! It felt good to encourage the girls to do their best and also have fun while doing it.

Do you have any favorite GOTR moments you'd like to share?
My favorite moment was when Ashley Carter [fellow coach] and I crossed the finish line at the GOTR-STL Spring 2016 5k and we saw my sons volunteering and cheering others across the line.

What is your wish for other GOTR-STL families?
I wish that other families would get involved and help the girls achieve goals that they never thought was possible.

What is your family's favorite pastime?
Our favorite pastime is volunteering and helping others. It feels good to help others on our own, but when we help others as a family it is even more rewarding!


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