ATLANTA, GA. - Georgia State women's soccer pitched in at the Girls on the Run 5K taking place last Sunday at the AYSA soccer complex in Atlanta, Ga.

Women's soccer players donated their time and energy over the weekend, helping to register runners, distribute t-shirts, set up and break down tents, and creating a positive atmosphere for all involved.

"This weekend's event was a success for both our program and the local soccer community," said Georgia State head coach Domenic Martelli.

"We had a great turnout today. Our student athletes did a tremendous job representing the men's and women's soccer programs. The Atlanta Youth Soccer Association community was a pleasure to work with and we hope to see them at our home games next season."

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

The objective of Girls on the Run is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.

For more information about more events in the Atlanta area please visit www.girlsontherunatlanta.org.