HERO Boys™ and Girls on the Run

Annapolis, MD (July 10, 2015) The Team Captain Kids Foundation's youth development and engagement program, HERO Boys™ is proud to announce a regional partnership with the Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake council.


Based in Annapolis, MD, HERO Boys™ began just a few short seasons ago and in the Spring of 2015 grew to almost 200 boys across twelve (12) schools and two (2) counties. Their season culminated with over three hundred (300) boys and their families participating in the first ever HERO Boys™ 5K.


The growth of the program is exciting for HERO Boys™ founders and is fueled by a combination of factors but is primarily rooted in a strong demand for an engagement program focused exclusively on boys while exposing them to positive male role models.  "Boys need a place where they can go to practice 'being boys' in the right way", said Jon Brianas, Team Captain Kids Foundation Founder and HERO Boys™ Co-Founder.  "When I was approached a couple years ago I knew we needed a program that powerfully connected with boy's innate superhero spirit.  We based this program on the belief that inside every boy are the characteristics that define a HERO.  Someone who is willing to be brave, help others, and be a leader and positive role model among their peers, a hard thing for boys to do amidst peer pressure.  Using running as a base activity, HERO Boys™ delivers a program where this character is allowed and encouraged to surface and is rewarded.  Leading with a positive attitude, not talking down to others, setting a positive example, never cutting corners, and setting a high standard.  That's what HERO Boys™ is all about."


The partnership with Girls on the Run will offer access to a complimentary program for all GOTR schools within the Greater Chesapeake region and for those beyond as well.  "HERO Boys is an excellent counterpart to Girls on the Run, while staying specific to boys' needs and issues.  We encourage a collaborative and supportive spirit across the teams to further both organizations' missions." Lara Mish, Executive Director of GOTR of the Greater Chesapeake.


In the partnership between the two programs Jon and Lara have agreed that the programs will support each other.  This spring season, two HERO Boys™ teams attended the GOTR culminating 5K run serving as course monitors and also handing out water bottles at the finish line.


Those interested in starting a HERO Boys™ program are encouraged to complete a new site application at by clicking "Start a HERO Boys™".  Maryland schools can reach the Mid-Atlantic Program Director, Susan Noble, at  For all out-of-state inquiries, questions can be directed at Lori Coogan, Director of External Relations, at


About HERO Boys™:  HERO Boys™ is a program of the Team Captain Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support children through adverse situations and to inspire Teams of kids to learn about supporting friends and being "Team Captains" in life.  HERO Boys™ is their running enrichment program designed for boys in grades 3rd-5th.  The program's mission is to use running as a base activity to inspire boys to discover the character and courage that resides each one of them to be brave, stand for that which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set the positive example amongst their peers. The school-based program is 7 weeks in duration and culminates in with a community HERO Boys™ 5k run.

POC: Jon Brianas  |  |

About Girls on the Run:  Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. Our programs instill self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training - all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community. POC: Lara Mish  |  |

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