Karla Corrales is the Gymnastics Director for Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, an organization dedicated to inspiring all young girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. is holding their annual Family Fun Run/Walk, their biggest yet, on October 20th at the Lemon Festival at Girsh Park in Goleta
Occupation: Gymnastics Director for Girls Inc. of Greater SB
Resident of Santa Barbara since: 1989
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Favorite Local Restaurant: Any sushi restaurant
Favorite sport/hobby: Gymnastics
Music I am currently listening to: Anything from the 80’s and some classical music.
How I spend a typical weekend: Volunteering for SB Animal Rescue by feeding feral cats, spending time at my kids’ (16 and 18 years) sporting events, and working on my house.
How I got involved with Girls Inc: I answered an ad for a gymnastics coordinator, and it’s turned out to be the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, second only to being a mom! I love the girls and their families, and the Girls Inc. staff members are the most amazing people to work with.
What kinds of programs are available through Girls Inc?: Girls Inc. offers year-round programs in 6 categories: Health & Sexuality, Culture & Heritage, Career & Life Planning, Sports & Adventure, Leadership & Community Action, Self-Reliance & Life Skills. We offer summer camps, gymnastics camps, after school programs and opportunities during the holidays. We also have sliding scale fees with scholarship opportunities so all families may participate. Anyone interested in finding out more about Girls Inc. can call 805.963.4757 x14 for more information.
What do you enjoy most about working with Girls Inc: I love watching the girls achieve new skills. They run into my office with so much excitement yelling, “Karla, Karla, come watch!” I feel honored to be a part of their gymnastics careers.
What kind of event is the Girls Inc Family Fun Run/walk? How did this year’s event go?: The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk is the kick-off activity we do each year in conjunction with the Goleta Lemon Festival. It’s an opportunity for families to participate in something together and we always encourage walkers to participate, as it’s meant to be a fun time and not very competitive! This year’s event was our biggest ever in terms of sponsorship and awareness.
What message would you like to send to young girls?: Be strong, smart and bold! Believe in yourself as I believe in you. Whatever it is you CAN do it.
What changes would you like to see in the next ten years?: I would like to see more girls given the opportunity to take gymnastics and more facilities like Girls Inc.