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Girls on the Run of NOVA and Cigna Form Partnership
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Girls on the Run of NOVA and Cigna Form Partnership

Girls on the Run of NOVA is partnering with Cigna Corporation. Cigna will serve as presenting sponsor for the Northern Virginia Girls on the Run 5K, as well as a program sponsor for GOTR NOVA’s expanding middle school programming Heart & Sole. The partnership launched this spring and will continue through 2017.

The Girls on the Run 5K is the culminating achievement for local girls participating in the Girls on the Run youth development program. The Spring 2016 5K weekend hosted nearly 5,000 runners with girls from 121 Northern Virginia schools completing the 3.1-mile run alongside family and friends. As presenting sponsor, Cigna was on hand for both event days.

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s newly revamped program for middle school girls. The programming creates a positive, structured space for girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. The curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, and more.