Using the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Girls on the Run is a life-changing after school program for 3rd through 8th grade girls. The interactive curriculum combines self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts designed to develop the whole girl: her physical, mental, emotional and social self. Young girls are empowered with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, and self-confident women. Our mission is to use the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of selfrespect and healthy living. Our 12-week program uses interactive activities such as running, playing games and discussing important issues to teach specific life skills such as making healthy decisions, leadership, addressing bullying and gossip, and contributing to the community. Each session is led by trained female coaches who guide and mentor the girls through the curriculum and help them train together to run or walk in the WonderGirl 5K (3.1 mile) with their teammates and community members. Girls on the Run-Chicago is the largest independent council of Girls on the Run International. There are more than 120 councils across the U.S. and Canada serving more than 40,000 girls, and the WonderGirl race series is the second largest 5K race series in the nation. In the Chicago area, we: • Serve more than 3,000 girls in 3rd-8th grade at more than 120 sites in 5 counties: Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will. • Reach girls in underserved communities. • Train and support more than 400 coaches, all women, who volunteer to mentor the girls in their after school sessions. • Host two WonderGirl 5K races for our program participants. These family events are also open to the public. More than 4,000 participate in the spring race; the fall race hosts approximately 2,000 runners.
Spring WonderGirl 5K Race
June 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m. Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL More than 4,000 runners – 1,800 of them young girls – came together with family member, coaches, teachers and the greater running community for a fun-filled morning to support Girls on the Run-Chicago. For many of the participants in the WonderGirl, this is their first 5K. The morning includes a post-race family celebration, with photos, entertainment, and giveaways. In 2008, 49% of runners were girls under 14; 51% were adults over 14 and 87% of adults were women.
Fall WonderGirl 5K Race
November 15, 2008, 9:00 a.m. TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, IL This spectacularly fun race starts and ends at the home of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team. We expect approximately 2,000 runners this year—1,000 of them young girls. Families and fans fill the stands to cheer on the runners as they enter the stadium for the big finish and see themselves on the jumbotron! Sponsorship of the fall race supports both Girls on the Run-Chicago and the FireWorks for Kids Foundation. In 2007 45% of runners were girls under 14; 55% were adults over 14 and 86% of adults were women.
WonderGirl Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsor Benefit Exclusive naming rights to the race: “the [company] WonderGirl 5K” Top sponsor billing in paid advertising, including radio, print, & electronic Speaking opportunity on race day High visability and speaking role at press events Name or logo on front of all race and volunteer t-shirts Featured as presenting the race “the WonderGirl 5K, presented by [company]” Opportunity to have pre-race registration at company location Name or logo on paid advertising for the race Recognition in sponsor-related press releases Logo on paid advertising for the race including print & electronic Mention in all media advisories/releases promoting the race Name or logo on race registration site Name or logo on all race technical shirts (@1800 adults) Name or logo on race entry form and all race-related collateral Name or logo on e-blast promoting race Name or logo on all cotton race shirts (@1800 youth) Name or logo on all race volunteer shirts Name or logo on event Web site Name or logo in 3 GOTRC e-newsletters (reach = 5,000) Sponsor tent at race site Insert in race goody bags Number of complimentary race entries Banner placement Number of verbal mentions at race Impact of your investment in GOTRC Title $25,000 Presenting $10,000 Tiara $5,000 Finish Line $2,500 Motivation Station $1,000 Mile Marker $500 Race Patron $250
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8 Near Start 2 Underwrites program for 22 girls
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4 Water Station 1 Covers race fee for 67 girls
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3 Mile Marker Covers race fee for 33 girls
Prominence at Start & Finish Start & Finish 5 3 Underwrites 8 Underwrites 3 new sites sites serving serving 112 girls 45 girls
Covers transportation to race for one program
9th Annual Gala
November 21, 2008, Park West This highly energetic event, attended by approximately 700 guests comprised of Girls on the Run-Chicago trustees, supporters, corporate partners and the Chicago running community, is our major fundraiser of the year. This event generated more than $85,000 for Girls on the Run–Chicago in 2007. The event features a four-hour open bar, live band, and passed hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction featuring the best sports, fitness, and adventure items in Chicago takes place throughout the evening along with the chance to win great raffle prizes.
Sponsor Benefit Top sponsor billing: “Girls on the Run-Chicago Gala, presented by [company]” Name or logo featured on marquis at venue entrance Speaking opportunity at VIP reception Name or logo on paid advertising for the Gala including print and electronic Naming rights as sponsor of both balcony lounges Naming rights as sponsor of one balcony lounge Reserved seating at Gala Mention in all media advisories/releases promoting the event Name or logo listed on signage inside event Recognition in two dedicated email blasts promoting Gala to GOTRC database Name or logo on printed invitations Company logo with link on GOTRC event web site through December 31, 2008 All-Access tickets (including balcony lounges, VIP Reception, and regular Gala admission) VIP Reception tickets Gala tickets Program book ad Impact of your investment in GOTRC The Ultra! $25,000 Ironman $15,000 Marathoner $10,000 Half Marathoner $5,000 10-Miler $1,000 5K $500 1-Miler $250
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10 10 10 full page, inside Buys practice t-shirts for all girls in a season
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8 8 half-page Underwrites program for 22 girls
6 6 listed as 10-Miler sponsor Pays for healthy snacks for 200 girls
4 4 listed as 5K sponsor Sponsors 2 girls participation in the program 2 listed as 1-Miler sponsor Covers transportation to race for one program
Underwrites 8 Underwrites 5 new sites sites serving serving 112 girls 68 girls
Local Team Tiara Sponsor
Team Tiara is the charity running “leg” of Girls on the Run! Nearly 100 adult runners, mostly women, run for Team Tiara in Chicago each year, raising more than $50,000 for our programs. Runners receive goody bags with sponsor premiums, meet weekly for group runs, gather for information sessions, receive weekly “e-boosts” and join other runners for social events throughout the season.
Sponsor Benefit Name or logo on local training singlet Name or logo on all promotional materials Name or logo on weekly GOTRC Team Tiara “e-boosts” to members Name or logo on GOTRC Team Tiara web site Insert in goody bags for local runners Impact of your investment in GOTRC $5,000 $2,500 $1,000 $500
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Underwrites program for 22 girls
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Buys practice t-shirts for 500 girls
Covers WonderGirl race fees for 67 girls
Pays for 2 girls to participate in GOTRC for one season
In-kind donations of runner services and gear are needed and much appreciated! Consider donating a free massage or pedicure for one our information sessions, or an item for our goody bag.
Service Area or Season Program Sponsor
Our programs run for 12 week seasons in spring and fall in five counties (Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will). Girls meet twice a week after school. Each program serves 12-16 girls and is coached by 2 volunteers. $3,500 or higher • Logo on practice program t-shirts worn during the season and on race day for all GOTRC participants at all sites across Chicagoland. • Acknowledgement on program flyers and registration forms which hang at school and go home to parents. • Logo on the GOTRC web site sponsor page. • Company ad included in weekly “coaches notes” emails to 300+ coaches. Under $3,500 • Special recognition will be provided for donations under $3,500, and will be indiviualized depending on the donation. For example, a note home to parents acknowledging that your company underwrote the cost of snacks for the season.
The IMPACT of your InvesTMenT: $40,000 hires a County Program Coordinator to help grow and manage the program trains 200 volunteer coaches or buys practice t-shirts for all girls in a season supports a program for 16 girls at one site buys snacks for one season for girls at 13 sites pays for race entries for 16 girls at one program or rents a bus to get one site’s team to the WonderGirl 5K pays for one girl to participate in GOTR for one season
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For more information about these and other opportunities
to support the work of Girls on the Run-Chicago, please contact Kelly O’Brien at 312.266.8200 or email@example.com