Target: Liz Ferro, Founder of Girls with Sole
Goal: Applaud nonprofit for inspiring abused and at-risk girls to heal and develop confidence through exercise
Science shows that sports are beneficial for a child, whether it is through building teamwork, confidence, or simply muscle. Liz Ferro puts that knowledge to good use with the non-profit, Girls with Sole, to encourage exercise as an escape for at-risk young women.
Ferro knows firsthand the magical healing powers of exercise. As a victim of sexual abuse when she was a little girl, she found solace in swimming and hopes others who have suffered the same trauma can too. Sports can serve as a healthy coping mechanism versus drugs, alcohol, skipping school, or acting out. Ferro explains that sports enable young women to find a mind-body connection, meaning a way to find who they are and what they are capable of doing.
In order to strengthen both their minds and bodies, Girls with Sole collaborates with social service agencies, schools, juvenile detention centers, and local hospitals to serve girls from the ages of nine to eighteen. Upon signup, the girls are equipped with running shoes, sports bras, water bottles, a fitness journal, and an opportunity to compete in races. Whether it be volleyball, soccer, or even yoga, Girls with Sole strives to find what gets each girl’s heart pumping and passionate about what they are doing.
Ultimately, Girls with Sole helps the girls set goals, realizing that there is always hope for their future. The girls are challenged to reimagine their lives the way they want it, disregarding the limitations from their past. Ferro has set some goals for herself as well, running a marathon in each state in America in order to raise money and awareness for Girls with Sole. She humbly states that the girls are the ones that inspire her.
Please praise Girls with Sole as a healthy way to overcome obstacles for at-risk young women.
Dear Ms. Ferro,
Thank you so much for your dedication as the founder of Girls with Sole. Connecting girls who have endured the same struggles helps them realize that they are not alone. Girls with Sole also can help girls realize their full potential by encouraging them to be active and to set goals for themselves. By healing their bodies, the girls can heal their souls.
Please continue your noble work as an educator, a mentor, and an overall inspiration to young women.
[Your Name Here]
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