The St George Illawarra Dragons are very proud of the success of our 'The Best You Can Be' health and wellbeing program.
Now into its eighth year, the Dragons are fully aware how sport can be very effective in achieving social change, especially in youth.
Our players understand that they are in a unique position whereby they can promote and encourage, either directly or indirectly, the physical, cultural and intellectual welfare of young people in our community.
The Dragons 'The Best You Can Be' booklet is a resource which aims to assist teachers in encouraging children to make positive choices around health and wellbeing.
Focus topics within the resource include the importance of being active, tolerance, respect and inclusiveness, the importance of sleep, screen time management, hydration and nutrition.
Throughout the resource, Dragons players and ambassadors provide encouragement and offer tips which hopefully motivate students to be the best they can be in all aspects of life.
In 2023, a total of 97 schools took part in our 'The Best You Can Be' program including 69 schools in our catchment between Arncliffe in the north to Bega in the far south.
We also delivered the program digitally to 24 rural and remote schools after receiving expressions of interest three years ago from five DEC Country Network Directors to offer the program to their schools.
The program successfully engaged 283 teachers and encouraged 8,503 students to make positive choices around health, education, and social issues.
All teachers receive a digital version of our 'The Best You Can Be' resource and have exclusive use to our online education portal which carries info bites and related activities to assist teachers with particular topics.
Teachers can deliver their education outcomes in a fun, simple and engaging manner using literacy and active play.
The St George Illawarra Dragons' 'Best You Can Be' program is proudly supported by the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (University of Wollongong) and donors to the Dragons Foundation.
Show your support and continue the success of this program by donating to the Dragons Foundation today.