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Fashlete™ of the Month

Girls With Sole

April 2011

Name: Kate "Killer" Rawlings
Age: 28
Occupation: Sole owner of Coca CrossFit where she holds certifications in CrossFit Kids, Olympic lifting and Gymnastics.

Kate "Killer" Rawlings is currently the 29th Fittest Woman on Earth.  And although that is an extremely impressive statistic it has nothing to do with why she is featured here today as the Fashlete of the Month.  Kate is involved with  Girls With Sole, an organization with a  mission to use fitness and wellness to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who are at-risk.  Kate recently hosted a fundraiser for Girls with Sole and will be offering free classes at Coca CrossFit for girls who have experienced abuse.  Although I have a million training and CrossFit related questions that I would love to ask Kate, this interview is entirely about her important work with Girls With Sole.  Enjoy!

How did you get involved with Girls With Sole?

I have seen the amazing effect that CrossFit has had on building my clients self-esteem.  About a year ago I began thinking about working with young girls as they are at an influential age and are surrounded by less than positive influences in the media.  A current client overheard me talking about working with teen girls and thought Girls With Sole would be a perfect fit, and he couldn’t have been more right.

Why do you believe it is important for young girls to get involved in athletics?

Having grown up in athletics I know first hand the positive influence athletics has had on my life.  It builds confidence, self-esteem, trust in oneself and most importantly it provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Who was your greatest athletic inspiration when you were a child?

My greatest inspiration was my older brother.  He is two years older than me, and I fought everyday to do everything he was doing.  That chase taught me to get up when I failed and that I often had to work harder to keep up with the older kids.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working with children?

The most rewarding part of working with children is finding my inner child again.  Kids are so honest and pure, and somewhere along the road we lose that.  Working with kids allows me to stay in touch with that sense of freedom.

What are your long-term goals for Girls With Sole?

My long-term goal with Girls With Sole is to build a premier program that will influence hundreds if not thousands of girls in a positive way.  Building their self-esteems and sense of value keeping them on the path to empowerment.  Over time I’d like to create a network of girls that can share their success stories with newer members and help support each other.  Possibly leading to long-term relationships and even friendships.

How can others get involved with and/or support Girls With Sole?

Girls With Sole is currently working on taking their non-profit to the national and possibly international level.  You can reach out to Liz Ferro directly at 440.668.1509 or liz@girlswithsole.org    You can make a donation at http://www.girlswithsole.org/

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