"If I didn't have fitness or wellness in my life, I honestly wouldn't be here right now. I would probably be a statistic," founder Liz Ferro said.
Ferro found the power of fitness after her own experience with childhood abuse. She transformed that know-how into Girls with Sole. The non-profit has served more than 800 girls since Girls with Sole’s founding.
"It's not only empowering [students] through exercise,” Clendaniel said. “It's teaching them about setting goals…which transcends athletics."
He says the benefits extend beyond at-risk youth since the program teaches character development and good decision making.
For those interested in learning more about the program, a “Sole Essentials” information session and panel will be held 6pm Tuesday at Charleston Southern University’s Whitfield Center, Room 103.