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Girls With Sole

Nonprofit to empower girls through fitness and wellness

Girls With Sole spawned and evolved organically from founder, Liz Ferro’s, personal life experiences, and her desire to help girls discover the empowerment that can be derived from athletics and fitness. Liz credits athletics for giving her the self-esteem and inner strength needed to overcome difficult times, including a childhood that exposed her to both foster care and to abuse.

Girls With Sole was founded in August of 2009 for pre-teen and teenaged females, and uses free fitness and wellness programs to empower their minds bodies and souls. The program offers girls the opportunity to learn and to enjoy fitness as they develop the physical and emotional strength needed to meet personal goals, and to build self-esteem. Along with free fitness and wellness programs, each girl also receives a water bottle, sports bra, fitness journal, and running shoes.

Founder, Liz Ferro, wanted at-risk girls, and those who have experienced abuse of any kind to be given a sporting chance in their lives, and to experience the “finish line feeling.”

Liz Ferro is the author of the book, Finish Line Feeling.
She has completed eighteen marathons (two of them 50K Ultras), four Ironman triathlons and countless road races and triathlons. (These numbers are climbing all the time.)
She is the recipient of the 2011 Classic Woman Award from Traditional Home Magazine.
Liz received the 2011 American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Award.
She is the recipient of the 2012 Longines Women Who Make a Difference Award from Town & Country Magazine.
Girls With Sole was chosen Best New Charity of the Midwest Region by the CLASSY Awards in 2012.
Girls With Sole has been featured in Ohio Magazine, Runner’s World Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine, Live Well Magazine, Town & Country Magazine, CBC Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and Hope for Women Magazine.
She is also a Lululemon Athletica Ambassador.

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