Charity Partner Feature: Girls on the Run St. Louis
What do you do when you want to combine your passion for biking and your commitment to Girls on the Run and empowering girls for a lifetime of healthy living? You do what David Pokorny is currently doing and bike from Wrigley Field in Chicago to Kauffman Stadium (“The K”) in Kansas City via Busch Stadium in St. Louis while supporting the Girls on the Run St. Louis Scholarship Program.
David is raising money through the Girls on the Run St. Louis SoleMate program, a charity athlete program that challenges parents, friends, coaches, and volunteers to raise money for Girls on the Run through their own personal athletic goals.
This ride is important to David because it shows the girls in the Girls on the Run program that you can set large goals, surround yourself with people who support you, work towards your goal, and accomplish what you set out to do.
Girls on the Run St. Louis serves 6,500 girls annually and around 75% of these participants receive some sort of scholarship in order to participate in the program. Girls on the Run St. Louis is committed to offering their program to every girl regardless of ability to pay the program fee and SoleMates, like David, ensure that this is possible. The funds that David raises as a SoleMate are crucial to helping girls in 3rd – 8th grade learn about living a healthy lifestyle and setting them up for success with a “can-do” attitude.
Last year, David rode with friends across Missouri and was able to raise $6,000. That ride inspired him to attempt something even bigger this year. For the 2017 ride, David’s goal was to raise $5,000 and sponsor two full Girls on the Run teams for the fall 2017 season. However, David has raised over $6,500 already and the ride isn’t over yet!