The Pai family has been an integral part of the growth of Girls on the Run Memphis since 2018. Their daughters’ positive experiences with the program prompted Karen Ullman and Atman Pai to volunteer each season. Eve and Lucy first became GOTR girls in 6th and 4th grade, and are now in the 9th and 7th grade at St. Mary's Episcopal School.
“What a special time…we've been hooked ever since,” Karen said.
Eve and Lucy now lend a hand with the program’s celebratory 5K by packing over 200 race bags for the GOTR participants and coaches in preparation.
Meanwhile, after attending coach training, Karen has served as a substitute coach for the program. She also speaks fondly of her role as a 5K committee member and hopes to continue to contribute in the future.
While reflecting upon the last 5K celebration, the family remarked that the event was filled with laughter, fun memories, and family time.
“It's great fun to see the excitement in the participants' eyes,” she said. “It's such a family affair for everyone.”
Atman has also been an asset to the growth of GOTR Memphis, particularly in driving the U-Haul and assisting with every aspect of event set-up at its last 5K.
“There is something for everyone to help with,” Karen said. “We couldn't be more proud to see GOTR Memphis grow each and every season!”
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the upcoming Girls on the Run 5K, please visit www.gotrmemphis.org/5k.