OGDEN -- Ogden's GOAL Foundation has plans to expand its reach this year by involving local youth.
The foundation, which has coordinated high-profile Ogden outdoor events like the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, the XTERRA race and Hurt in the Dirt, will extend its current community youth programs to reach more local schools and, in turn, more kids.
Jenny Scothern, executive director of the GOAL Foundation, said the group will first involve more schools from the Ogden School District and eventually Weber School District, in its Young Runners Program -- a health and exercise training program to promote active lifestyles.
By completing the program, students earn an entry into the Ogden Marathon Kids K or 5K.
Scothern said that in 2012 alone, more than 500 school-age children in the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club benefited from the Young Runners Program.
The foundation will also begin two new summer camps for kids, which will focus on introducing area youth to life sports like biking and hiking.
"GOAL stands for 'get out and live,'" Scothern said. "And that's what we're trying to do -- inspire kids to get out and be more active and take advantage of what Ogden has to offer."
As part of the expansion, the foundation has hired Carla Taylor as the new community outreach coordinator.
Taylor formerly served as head coach of Weber State University's women's basketball team and has more than 20 years of team and leadership experience in building programs and camps for youth.
Taylor also played basketball at WSU, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education, with minors in health and history.
Scothern said Taylor also has an extensive background in fundraising and is known as an excellent community connector.
"I am excited about the opportunity to further GOAL's mission, which I believe strongly in," Taylor said. "I look forward to helping the foundation achieve success in giving back to the community of Ogden."
For more information on the foundation and its programs, visit www.getoutandlive.org.