Meet Coach Michelle!

Meet Coach Michelle!

I’m currently a coach for the Heart and Sole team in my hometown of Ramsey, NJ.  I was born and raised in Ramsey, went to college in Virginia, came back to NJ, and will be heading south again to pursue my Masters degree in Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill this fall.  I’m looking forward to eventually teaching others about nutrition and wellness as a Registered Dietitian, and I hope to work with adolescent girls to focus on healthy eating and positive body image.  While I’ll be sad to leave my team here, I hope to get involved with GOTR in NC as well!
I first got involved with Girls on the Run in the spring of 2015, almost a year after my graduation from William and Mary.  As a recent college grad back home, I was missing the excitement of school and looking for more ways to be involved with activities and people outside of work.  I had been very involved with community service trips and organizations at school and wanted to give back to my local community.  When a family member told me about Girls on the Run, it seemed like a perfect fit.  I played field hockey and ran track in high school, and I have stayed committed to fitness recreationally in college and even now.  Even my interest in nutrition felt right for a fitness and overall wellness promoting group.  While physical health is certainly part of GOTR, I fell in love with the program for everything else it incorporates along with that.
Coaching GOTR is such a rewarding experience because I get to see the young girls on our team open up over the season and share their insight, intelligence, emotion, and vibrant personalities.  It’s incredible to hear the wisdom that comes from such young girls, and it’s motivating to know that this program fosters the self-awareness and connection to bring that out of them.  Even as an adult, and especially a young adult transitioning to a new stage of life, the lessons in the program are valuable and applicable to my own life.  I feel like I’m learning and growing right along with the girls, and the whole team transforms together.
Possibly the best thing about being a coach is that even if I’m having a bad day, I know I will go to practice and always come back in a great mood.  It might be because of wearing crazy socks, playing fun games, running laps to Taylor Swift and One Direction, or making a connection with the girls that reinforces my job as a role model and a part of such an uplifting program; whatever it is, it’s so worth the effort for the positivity it brings to the girls and coaches alike.
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