Press Release: Girls on the Run St Louis Announces Energy Award Honorees
Girls on the Run St. Louis Announces Energy Award Honorees
ST. LOUIS (May 5, 2021) – The Girls on the Run team at Southview School in the Special School District of St. Louis County, as well as dedicated volunteers Lilian Davis and David Pokorny will be recognized with Energy Awards, the highest honor given by Girls on the Run St. Louis. The awardees will be honored during the Power of One Campaign from May 10-May 31.
Girls on the Run St. Louis is a non-profit organization serving girls in the 3rd through 8th grade, a critical time in girls’ self-development. Its mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. The innovative Girls on the Run (GOTR) program combines training for a celebratory 5K event with interactive practices that combine self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Recognizing the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic is having upon girls, and disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, GOTR-STL has provided scholarship support to 100% of all participants, partnered with community providers to better reach girls, and safely and successfully launched virtual and in-person programming for over 1,400 girls in the 2020-2021 school year.
For more than five years, the Southview School Girls on the Run team has created a consistent, engaging and high-quality program that has become an integral part of the Girls on the Run St. Louis community. As the only afterschool program offered at the school in the Special School District, the dedicated coaches, teachers at the school, adapted the GOTR curriculum to meet the communication and developmental needs of their students, “because these lessons and concepts are something that any girl can benefit from at any ability level! We see our girls really thrive as part of Girls on the Run. They are making connections, friendships and that is something they are able to do because of Girls on the Run,” explains Southview School Teacher and GOTR Coach Sarah Grelle. “What the Southview School GOTR Team is teaching all of us is that when GOTR is truly accessible to every girl, it is transformational,” said Courtney Berg, executive director of GOTR-STL.
Lilian Davis, a shareholder with Polsinelli, PC, learned about GOTR in 2008 while a law student. Davis became a volunteer coach in the Clayton School District and immediately embraced the mission and vision of the organization. Since that time she has been a dedicated volunteer, serving in several leadership capacities, both on the Board of Directors and currently the Advisory Council, rarely missing a GOTR-STL 5k or opportunity to encourage and support every Girl on the Run. “She embodies our core values and is an example of what courage looks like in action for all our Girls on the Run. Lilian sees the limitless potential in every girl and is unwavering in her commitment to building a world where every girl can see that in herself, is celebrated for who she is and is ready to lead.” said Berg. Davis understands that what happens at a GOTR practice can change a girl and who can then change the world. “I want her to experience the happiness that comes with knowing you have the strength inside of you to deal with anything that comes your way.”
David Pokorny first learned of GOTR from his employer, Fox Sports Midwest in 2012. But after experiencing his first GOTR 5K, he embraced the mission wholeheartedly and has tirelessly advocated for and celebrated it ever since. His volunteer service has included coaching, chair of the Board of Directors and currently the Advisory Council, but perhaps his greatest contribution has been as a SoleMate. Pokorny has traversed multiple states on his bicycle and summited the three tallest peaks in the lower 48 and Alaska in order to raise scholarship support. “He is a champion for GOTR,” Berg said. “He embodies what we teach our GOTR girls about empathy. He enters into every challenge wholeheartedly and with the vision that it is a new opportunity to do more, be more for GOTR.” For Pokorny, the Energy Award “is a huge honor. Being part of GOTR is something that I am grateful for and it is a privilege for me. Knowing that we can do more and make a difference for girls is something I celebrate!”
To learn more about the Power of One Campaign, visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org
About Girls on the Run St. Louis
Girls on the Run St. Louis is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade, a critical time in girls’ self-development. Our mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that combine self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Girls are empowered with positive self-awareness and increased confidence; a sense of achievement by training for and completing a 5k; and giving back to their community through a service project each season. Girls experience confidence through accomplishment becoming girls who can.
Girls on the Run St. Louis was founded in 2002 and is now the second largest council in North America. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is in more than 400 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois. Visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to learn more about how you can empower a girl and empower a generation.