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This fall, Homestead Funding Corp. is sponsoring the Girls on the Run team at Girls Inc. located in Schenectady, NY. With locations throughout the Capital Region, Girls on the Run teaches girls positive life lessons while helping to establish an enduring appreciation for health and wellness. In addition to supporting the team, several employees are running in the end of season 5K and participating as Running Buddies (men and women who team up with girls in each group and encourage them during the season).

LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director for Girls on the Run Capital Region, said she is glad to have Homestead as a sponsor: “We are thrilled that Homestead is our very first team sponsor! Homestead's sponsorship supports everything the girls and coaches need this season, from supplies and snacks to shirts and sneakers!”

Girls on the Run Capital Region, Inc. was founded in fall 2013 as an independent, 501(c)3 council of Girls on the Run International. Serving girls in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties, their first team of ten girls was held in spring 2014. Over seven seasons, they have served over 550 girls and continue to grow. More than 200 volunteers offer their time and talents to make this program come alive each season.

Girls on the Run uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Girls learn life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games led by certified volunteer coaches. The curriculum is evidence-based and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large through community service. The goal is to develop and enhance each girl’s competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.

For more information about Girls on the Run Capital Region or to run the 5K on Nov. 18, please visit their website: https://www.gotrcr.org/