Last week was National Women and Girls in Sport Day. Started by the Women’s Sports Foundation more than three decades ago, this celebration has empowered women and girls to get moving, reap the benefits of physical activity and push past their limits both in sport and in life. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports and physical activity are the very tools girls need to become strong leaders, in their own lives and in the world.
Celebrating the day inspired us to share our own local connection to empowering girls through sport, and why having a community engagement program is important to our team and the work we do.
As a women-owned firm, we are committed to giving women and girls the confidence and tools to shape their environments, ensuring their needs are met and enabling them to meet the needs of others. We give time, talent and money to organizations in our home community of Annapolis, that help low-income women and girls build agency through organizations and programs that foster confidence and leadership. One of those programs that is very special to us is Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake.
We’ve been fortunate to support Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake in a number of ways, facilitating a strategic planning retreat, having teammates volunteer and dedicate time as coaches and most recently, serving as a sponsor of the goal 5K event. Our recent sponsorship helped to foster a successful Fall season in which the organization was able to serve 745 girls.
It’s rewarding to have the opportunity to contribute to such an impactful program, and even better to watch self-confidence grow among the third to fifth grade girls in the program. And to top it all off, we were blown away by this full-page handwritten, thank you note including photos of the girls from the last season.
Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake is a cause our organization cares about, and we believe in practicing what we preach to others, that more and more companies are reaping mutual benefit by engaging with their local community. Our own Community Engagement program, designed to empower women and girls through organizations like this, gives our entire team a sense of pride and connection while also strengthening our community relationships.
The Girls on the Run spring season is just beginning and we can’t wait to continue to support the local Greater Chesapeake chapter as they grow to work with even more young girls to increase their confidence, competence, level of caring, character and connection to others.
Contact Due East Partners about creating your own Corporate Community Engagement program.