Girls on the Run – Chicago Named Building Community Award Winner

​After more than 48,000 votes were cast, we're proud to name Girls on the Run – Chicago the fourth annual Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award winner!

Girls on the Run is a physical activity based positive youth development program for 3rd – 8th grade girls. The innovative program combines training for a 5k with a research-based curricula designed to encourage positive physical and social-emotional health. Started in Charlotte, NC, in 1996, there are now over 200 councils across the country. 

Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k. The 5k provides girls with a tangible experience of healthy goal setting and success and lays the foundation for future achievement.

In 2018, Girls on the Run-Chicago will serve 11,000 girls across eight Illinois counties, empowering them to become strong, healthy women.

In partnership with the Opus Foundation®, we launched this award in 2015 to honor our founder's legacy of giving back and celebrate our history. Girls on the Run – Chicago will receive a $65,000 Opus Foundation grant—$1,000 for each year of our 65-year history. Recognizing the important contributions of all the organizations, each of the remaining seven finalists will receive a $5,000 grant.

Thank you to our eight impactful finalists and to everyone who voted and spread the word about this Award!