2017 Goal: $10,000, which will go towards $26,730 in scholarship requests for 2017.
Our GOTR guys have cheered us on year after year, so we thought we'd give them one chance to participate . . . but just one chance! Each year ONLY one male earns the right to run the Stark County Spring Girls on the Run 5k as the SoleMale—an honorary side kick to the SuperGirl or SuperSquad of his choice—through this unique online fundraiser.
Updated: March 14, 2017
Jason Evans hopes to run with his daughter and her team at Louisville Elementary.
Kevin Fowler hopes to run with his daughter and her Heart & Sole team at Northwest Middle School.
Ryan Kienzle is a North Canton Middle School Guidance Counselor, who hopes to run with the NCMS Heart & Sole team.
Jonathan Schnee hopes to run with his daughters and their team at Lake Elementary.
David Wells who hopes to run with his daughter and the Orchard Hill Pink & Green Teams.
We're incredibly thankful to all who donated to each SoleMale Contender's campaign and for the efforts of each SoleMale Contender! They raised a total of $2,914.27, which will help us launch our Fall Season (which includes a Guys-Too 5k!)
James Wooley: $1,431.27
Kevin Walsh: $830
Jason Wade: $285.00
Brandon Shackle: $185
Larry Fletcher: $130
John Radtka: $75
James Wooley, a teacher at Middlebranch Elementary in Plain Township, is named the 2016 SoleMale at the 2016 SoleMale Coronation on May 20, 2016. His "crown" was designed by GOTR Stark's first SuperGirl Squad (the Middlebranch Girls on the Run team).
Our SoleMale showed his Girls on the Run spirit at the Girls on the Run 5k. Despite the rainy weather, he wore the crown and tutu created by his team from start to finish!
In 2015, five men from Stark County competed for the role of SoleMale:
Chris Henson, a Jackson Township GOTR dad, led the pack with $4,316 in donations.
Joseph Bogdan, an East Canton teacher and GOTR dad, raised $1,789.
Kevin Walsh, a Jackson High School teacher, Cross Country head coach, and GOTR dad, raised $1620.
Eric Whittington, a Canal Fulton resident, GOTR coach, and co-owner of Brimstone Bicycles, raised over $300.
Scott Smith, a Plain Township GOTR dad, also participated in the fundraising event, bringing the total for the event to $8,090!
On April 11th, SuperGirl original, Olivia, passed the SuperGirl crowns on to the new SuperGirls, Emma and Sarah, and our original SoleMale, Steve Marrero, passed the SoleMale crown on to our new SoleMale, Chris Henson of Jackson Township.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored a SoleMale this season!
Bidding started at $25 when the auction opened on March 29, and reached $300 the day before the auction closed.
The GOTR 5-Year Celebration kicked off at 10:00 am, and by 11:30am bidding had reached $600. During the event, Dr. John Sutton, the GOTR Stark Board Chair, issued a challenge: if anyone passed his planned maximum bid of $1,000--resulting from funds doanted by friends, family, and coworkers, as well as his own money--the full amount would be donated to Girls on the Run.
Bidding took off shortly after this announcement—passing $1,000 within just a few minutes as several of the SoleMale bidders were present. In the last 10 minutes of the online auction, the dining area was filled with chatter as participants checked their phones and shared the highest bid.
Bidding closed at noon with the highest bid of $1,800, placed by Steve Marrero of Massillon. His daughter is a first-year GOTR participant.
As part of their community service project, the SuperGirl chose to allow her team to select the SoleMale's outfit through fundraising for several local nonprofits. The girls selected 4 nonprofits and assigned costumes to each. They then collected donations for each nonprofit. The highest amount raised determined Mr. Marrero's costume. The results were amazing:
American Cancer Society - $554
Akron Children's Hospital - $389
Susan Komen - $365
Humane Society - $267
Mr. Marrero's costume included cancer ribbons and a colorful tutu to represent all types of cancer.
"I learned that you should always believe in yourself."