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Heartspring, Girls on the Run team up for one-of-a-kind program

Wichita, Kan.—This fall, Heartspring introduced a Girls on the Run program tailored for girls with special needs. Girls on the Run is a nationwide program inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Heartspring’s program is the first to adapt the curriculum for children with special needs in the Heart of Kansas Council, which spans seven Kansas counties.


“It’s been something we’ve been thinking about for a while--how do we reach out to girls with special needs because they need the program just as much as everyone else,” Christy Thomas, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas, said.  “We were thrilled to have this opportunity.”


Heartspring Co-Director of Residential Services Megan Swett contacted Girls on the Run with the idea of an adapted program for Heartspring. She and two other employees, Assistant Director of Residential Services Shelby Forrest and Behavior Specialist Vivian Olvera, are coaching. They have been practicing twice a week since September 18. The goal is to get the young women ready for a 5K on December 3.


“This is an amazing chance for our students to try something new,” Swett said. “Girls on the Run has the potential to improve their health, self-confidence and relationships with peers and staff. In just a few weeks, we’re already seeing benefits.”


Ten Heartspring students have signed up, a majority of the female student population, but the goal is to get every female student involved. For more information on the Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas Council go to


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