At the heart of our program are our volunteer coaches who give their time and energy to support girls in their communities! Meet Daniel and Jen Hohm, a husband and wife coaching team who are passionate about GOTR!
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved with Girls on the Run!
Jen and I are both in our early 40s. Jen is a 4th grade teacher at Kehrs Mill Elementary. I am in medical sales. We do not have kids ourselves, but we are very close to our niece Elle (age 10 and 5th grade at KM) and nephew Cal (age 9 and a 4th grader). Our love for GOTR started when Elle ran the 2013 race with her GOTR friends and said she couldn't wait to be part of it the next year. Jen became a practice partner in 2014 and told me about how much fun Elle was having while not even realizing she was training for the 5k. The coaches sent videos and photos of girls smiling and having a blast. Her confidence was soaring.
We decided we had to coach the 2015 girls. There is nothing like bringing girls from various backgrounds and experiences, watching them grow together, and developing unlikely friendships. My favorite days of the week were practice days, and the girls felt the same way. I watched our 5th grade girls become leaders. We saw girls going out of their way to encourage and cheer on the other girls. This 2015 group was a special one. I admit I shed some tears when it was over.
In addition to GOTR, we created a charity 5k at Kehrs Mill Elementary, the Kehrs Mill Big Heart 5k. With over 370 registrants, the race earned over $7200 for Gateway Pet Guardians, a local pet rescue organization. Our GOTR group was instrumental in cheering our runners on, volunteering to work water stations, and creating signage to thank our sponsors. It was a great way to show our community how fun it can be to give back.
Dan's Favorite Memory: Watching the fire in the girls' eyes when they would challenge me on a lap around the track. They couldn't wait to race!
Jen's favorite memory: Seeing the girls and their families together during the practice and 5k race. They were so proud.
Why would you recommend others get involved with Girls on the Run?
Why be a part of GOTR? The GOTR program is all about building trust, learning true friendship, and challenging yourself to become the best girl you can be. Watching these girls transform themselves is a priceless experience.