Kelly Moore has been a coach at Progress South Elementary in St. Peters, MO for several years. If you have the opportunity to see Kelly in action at practice, you know that she is an amazing coach! Her team is always having a blast, and they clearly look up to her. We are so thankful that she continues to devote her time and energy to coaching! Read on to find out a little bit more about how Kelly got involved in GOTR, and what she loves about being a coach!
How did you get involved with Girls on the Run St. Louis?
I am a proud mother of 5 girls. My oldest is starting high school this year and is the reason that I started coaching! When she was in 3rd grade she joined the program and I have been coaching ever since! Running is one of my favorite things to do. I try to stay active and encourage my girls to do the same. I have completed 5 marathons; my first was as a SoleMate for GOTR a few years ago. In 2016 I started a career in real estate, I work with The Chad Wilson Group at Keller Williams. It is very exciting for me to help people through the process of buying a new home.
What is the most rewarding thing about volunteering with GOTR-STL?
The most rewarding thing for me about volunteering is seeing the girls come out of their shells. The first day of practice some of them are shy and quiet and by the end of the season their self-confidence has grown and they are very eager to answer questions and speak in front of the group. I absolutely love race day especially at the start line when they realize that they are going to run a 5K and they are so proud of themselves afterwards!
How has GOTR-STL impacted your life?
It has brought my daughters and I closer together because we all share the joy of running. We use some of the lessons that we learn during the season to help us through real situations that occur at school. Not only that but even as a coach I have gained many new friendships with the parents of the girls.
What is your favorite memory from your volunteer experience?
I have many wonderful memories with GOTR since I have been doing this for 11 seasons. My favorite is when we had our first day of practice and the girls were all nervous and I told them it didn't matter if they ran, walked or skipped I just wanted them to move forward. One of the girls’ moms emailed me that night and said that when I said that to her daughter she was immediately at ease and was so excited to be in the program. She thought that she wasn't going to be able to finish a 5k. She ended up being in the program from 3rd to 5th grade and she improved each season!
Why would you recommend that others get involved with GOTR-STL?
Girls at this critical age need as much positive influence in their lives that they can get and if you have an opportunity to help at least one girl, it is worth it. I often wish that GOTR was around when I was this age.
What are your hopes for the future of GOTR-STL as an organization?
I have said for many years that GOTR should be mandatory in schools!