As Girls on the Run St. Louis celebrates 10 years of empowering more than 10,000 girls for a lifetime of healthy living, we celebrate the amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion change the lives of thousands of girls throughout the St. Louis region each year. GOTR is proud to share that Carrie Probst, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of GOTR and GOTR Coach, was nominated for a Town & Style Reaching Out Award! The award honors the important contributions made by volunteers to nonprofits in the St. Louis community.
A CPA by trade, Carrie first learned about GOTR in 2008 through a client. Inspired by the mission and the program, as well as energized that it met her interests and skills, Carrie joined the Board of Directors in 2008. Carrie has contributed her time and skills to the mission of the organization in critical ways. With expansive growth and success of the program, Carrie supported and furthered the mission through the development of formalized accounting procedures and the assistance of financial reports. As a Board member of four years, Carrie has donated countless hours of her professional skills in building the infrastructure of GOTR.
Further proof of her commitment to the mission of GOTR, Carrie brought the program to her daughter’s school, Christ, Prince of Peace School in Manchester. Although her daughter was only in Kindergarten and too young for the program, Carrie knew that the GOTR program offered a tremendous opportunity to build the self-esteem, health and self-awareness of so many other girls at the school. Carrie worked tirelessly to engage the school, other volunteer coaches and families, resulting in two full teams in the first year at the school! Carrie is a tremendous advocate and ambassador of the program, carrying the mission and values of GOTR forward to another generation of girls in our community.
Her family is welcoming another Girl on the Run to the clan this October so she is retiring from the Board of Directors after two terms. She still plans on coaching this Spring and has set her sights on running the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon.
Here’s what Carrie had to say in her own words …
What is the most rewarding thing about Girls on the Run?
Last spring was our first season at Christ, Prince of Peace School and the response to the program was amazing. We fielded two full teams last year and kicked off Girls on Track this fall. What was especially rewarding was how quickly the school community embraced us because of the stellar reputation of the program. The administration, faculty and students supported our community service bake sale and allowed us to use school facilities however we needed.
Favorite memory: At our second to last practice, one of my girls who was a reluctant runner who chose to walk many of our practice laps came to me and said, “I am going to run the entire 5K because now I believe that I can do it. I am athletic and strong and I promise you I will not stop.”
Why would you recommend others get involved with Girls on the Run?
For girls, GOTR is low risk but high reward. Everyone is accepted no matter what your athletic ability or prior experiences. As a volunteer, you help shape the characters of our future generations and watch your girls evolve from tentative participants into community minded and confident leaders.
What are your hopes for the future of Girls on the Run as an organization?
I would love to see our organization’s financial structure continue to strengthen and evolve into a system in which all program fees are eliminated.
What’s your favorite Girls on the Run cheer? The Banana Cheer…