By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015
A fashion show on April 11 will benefit the young ladies of Girls on the Run®, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization “dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”
Enjoy a women’s night out and view the latest in fitness apparel and shoes while supporting Girls on the Run® at a women’s fashion show set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The show takes place at Fitness Protection Program’s studio at 2605 S.
Memorial in Tulsa.
The fashion show is free, and the featured apparel and shoes will be available for purchase after the show, with a portion of profits benefitting Girls on the Run. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase to benefit the nonprofit. Raffle items include month memberships at local fitness facilities, gift cards to businesses such as Pavilion at Utica Square, and items from local artists. Tickets start at $5 each, and price breaks are offered for multiple ticket purchases. Food and drinks will be provided.
To raise funds and allow attendees to sample various Tulsa fitness centers, a Girls on the Run punch card will be available for $30. The card allows the holder to visit six local gyms twice, for a total of 12 visits. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program encouraging preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Participants in the punch card include Fitness Protection Program, Physiques by Monique, Jazzercise of Tulsa, Zen Body Tulsa, Sculpt, and Studio 7 Tulsa.
Tulsa Runner is also participating by providing the apparel, accessories and clothing for the show, as well as discounts on fashion purchases. Featured apparel will be the hottest styles in running and workout shoes, tops, shorts, tights and accessories. Trends for spring 2015 include the latest in breathable fabrics for warm weather. Functionality is becoming increasingly popular with brands, with many offerings including additional pockets and storage.
The public is welcome to attend the fashion show event, and no reservations are necessary.
Julie Courcier, co-owner of Fitness Protection Program, became a coach for Girls on the Run in the spring of 2014. “When I first started, I thought of it as a running program for young girls. After training and going through a season, I found it was more of a mentorship program to help girls become confident and comfortable with themselves, no matter what they look like or their situation – bonus that there was running, walking, skipping or just plain moving,” says Julie. “I am so lucky to be involved in this organization – the hugs we get when we first see the girls, high fives during our lesson/workout, and the ‘can’t wait until next times’ at the end are one of the brightest points in my day. The absolute best part is the excitement you see when they finish their very first 5K.”
Julie began running about 12 years ago when she was in her mid-30s. She started with a 5K and began doing marathons in 2009. She has completed 15 marathons in 11 states and one in Ireland. In 2013, Julie and business partner Kasey Fulton opened Fitness Protection Program, offering group boot camp-style interval training workouts for both women and men. “We put together 40-minute workouts for our members that focus on different muscle groups and cardio, always changing it up so you don’t get bored. FPP and Girls on the Run have a common thread in that we focus on the empowerment of an individual, building self-confidence while helping build a healthy body.”
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.