“The Power of One”

It only takes ONE educated girl to inspire and transform a community.  It only takes ONE woman to create a resource for other women to find hope and strength for themselves and their families.

The Running Goddess is an organization committed to supporting women and girls in their pursuit of health and education. Through your involvement, girls locally and abroad will be uplifted. By nurturing a girl’s love of science, or helping women lead balanced and healthy lives, your contribution will make a difference.

Our run/walk is a family event and we welcome everyone to show their support. This year we are proud to sponsor the following organizations:

  • KEEP (Katonah Education Exchange Program) in partnership with Kakenya Center for Excellence – Founded by Kakenya Ntaiya and based in Kenya, the center provides primary schooling for girls from the town of Enoosaen and fosters awareness to break the cycle of destructive cultural Kenyan practices such as genital cutting and forced early marriages. KEEP is sponsoring 32 girls in the fifth grade.
  • Support Connection of Yorktown Heights – Founded by Katherine Quinn, Support Connection provides free health and wellness programs and emotional support groups for women and their families affected by breast and ovarian cancer.
  • The Running Goddess Scholarship – Open to Westchester and Putnam County students, this scholarship is offered to an athletic, high school senior female interested in majoring in the college sciences.
  • The Running Goddess International Scholarship – Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) – provided to one girl who is majoring in the sciences.

2014 TRG Scholarship winner: Meet Ms. Alyson Winter

Alyson and her mom Cathy at the 2014 Running Goddess 5K in June

Alyson and her mom Cathy at the 2014 Running Goddess 5K in June

As our 2014 TRG Scholarship winner, Ms. Alyson Winter is the embodiment of a TRG scholar-athlete. While attendng Ossining High School, Alyson spent two summers researching the effect of psychology on the recovery of breast cancer patients. Her summer research study will have meaningful impact on the treatment plans for these women. As a result she was chosen to represent Westchester and our country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. As captain of her Varsity Field Hockey and Gymnastic Teams, she is also a natural leader. She will be attending Providence College in the fall.
To paraphrase her words, “My dream for the future is to combine these two passions of health and science. Education and health empower women and give them the necessary confidence to achieve greatness; this combination makes anything possible.”

2014 TRG International Scholarship winner: Meet AUW’s Ms Moumita Saha

Moumita Saha

Moumita Saha

Moumita Saha, a first-year undergraduate at AUW, is inspired by a dream that has been instilled in her through the support of her parents. “My mother works so hard that she inspires me,” Moumita says. “[My parents' dream] is my dream also.” Her parents have worked hard to ensure that she has the opportunities they didn’t have. Read more»

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