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GOTR teams up with Sylvan Learning
Fall season starts Sept. 4.
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Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry (GOTR) is partnering with Sylvan Learning to present the physical activity-based, positive youth development program. The program, which starts Sept. 4, teaches key life skills to girls in grades 3-8 through dynamic discussions and fun games that creatively integrate running.

“Sylvan is proud to partner with Girls on the Run. Their mission to empower girls aligns with our mission,” said Sylvan owner Dino Papadopoulos. “Sylvan and GOTR share the belief that confidence, competence and life skills form the foundation for academic success, and success in life in general.”

Sylvan will be offering GOTR girls special access to learning opportunities throughout the school year, including free academic testing and consultations, discounts for tutoring, access to STEM robotics, video game and coding, and MAP and GMAS instruction. Special Sylvan discount cards will also be available for GOTR participants.

Girls on the Run for third- through fifth-graders and Heart & Soul for sixth- through eighth-graders use running as a vehicle to influence positive social, cognitive, physical, emotional and psychological development.

The program meets after school twice a week for 10 weeks for a total of 30 hours. The programs address bullying, gossiping, peer pressure, body image and negative media messages, among other challenges faced by young girls. At the end of the three-month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event.

The cost of the 30-hour program is $175 per girl and includes all program supplies and materials, snacks, program t-shirt, 5K t-shirt and 5K medal. Girls on the Run will also provide 5K medals to siblings who run in the 5K with program participants. Individuals on reduced lunch pay $90 and free lunch recipients pay $30 for the program.

Scholarships are available, and shoes for girls who can’t afford them are provided by National Girls on the Run partner Asics.

The fall program begins the week of Sept. 4. For more information and to register, visit

For information on Girls on the Run fall season or for more information on becoming a coach or volunteering, contact Maria Center at or 912-349-1528. Additional information can be found at

For more information on Sylvan Learning, contact Dino Papadopoulos at or 912-355-2267.

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