On Friday, September 14, members of the Girls' Varsity Soccer team ran, climbed, crawled, and splashed through the Muddy Mamas obstacle course. The following day, the team, along with many other SJS students, volunteered at the Muddy Mamas Race, an event designed to bring awareness to issues facing girls/women today: physical health and fitness including getting children active, building self-esteem, and promoting overall well-being.
"It was a win-win to be able to run the course and to volunteer," said Girls' Soccer Head Coach Laurie Douglass. "The kids had a great time."
Muddy Mamas is an untimed obstacle course (almost a 5k) with mud just for girls/women held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center each year. Two area organizations, Girls Incorporated of Washington County and Girls on the Run, partner to promote, manage, and ultimately benefit from this fundraiser. There are 19 different muddy obstacles to challenge you along the course.
As part of their volunteer duty during the race, the students worked at a sneaker recycling center, hosing off participants and collecting discarded shoes. They were also stationed around the course to cheer on participants and give them tips for completing the obstacles.
"It was a great opportunity for team bonding and getting students out of their comfort zones," said Douglass.