Coach Spotlight: Jenny You

We chatted with Jenny You this week, a new coach at one of our Girls on the Run sites on the Upper West Side. We love Jenny’s enthusiasm and want to thank her for all of her contributions to GOTR!

How long have you been coaching for Girls on the Run?

This is my first season and I’m loving it! I will definitely be signing up for seasons to come.

What is your favorite thing about coaching for GOTR-NYC?

I love seeing girls that weren’t friends at the beginning of the season develop relationships with one another! It’s clear that the girls really bond through the GOTR activities and workouts, and it’s great to see certain cliques dissolve a little bit. It’s also great to hear from a girl who wasn’t crazy about running tell you that they are learning to like it.

How do you feel that GOTR-NYC is helping the girls you coach?

I think that GOTR-NYC gives the girls an opportunity to surprise themselves with what they’re able to accomplish. If I think about how scrawny I was at ages 9, 10 and 11, I can’t even imagine waking up before school to exercise or run a 5k! There’s no question that conquering a 5k as a young woman gives each girl lasting confidence. Specifically at our site, the girls get to kick off their day with a meaningful life lesson and some powerful endorphins!

Are there any special touches you’ve put on the curriculum or different methods you’ve tried with your girls?

All of the girls REALLY love tag and all of its variants, so the other coaches (shout out to Molly, Keeley, Roshan, Melissa, Maha and Rebecca!) and I sometimes offer a quick game of tag at the end of practice as a reward if the girls try their best to focus on the lesson of the day. It’s amazing how motivating a piece of candy or a game of zombie tag can be!

Congrats to Coach Jenny for her running accomplishments and thanks for all you do for Girls on the Run!