The St George Illawarra Dragons, in conjunction with the University of Wollongong, proudly launched the Energise: believe, lead, succeed program at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah in 2016.
The objectives of the Energise: believe, lead, succeed program will be to:
* Increase the number of students aspiring to University study
* Encourage students to achieve their full leadership potential through inspiring role models from UOW and the Dragons
* Equip students with study skills as they undertake the senior years of high school
* Provide goal setting workshops identifying personal strengths and career ambitions
* Introduce self-belief and resilience strategies
Both the Dragons and UOW have a longstanding partnership with one another having formalised their association in 2009, committing under an Memorandum of Understanding to collaboratively pursue positive outcomes for both organisations regarding research, scholarships, community programs, internships, promotions and facility use.
The Dragons presently have 17 players studying at the tertiary institution under the Graduates of League banner, a program founded by Dragons legend Ben Creagh in conjunction with the Athlete Education Foundation in 2012.
The program, piloted by the Dragons and UOW, aims to increase university entry, retention and completion rates among elite athletes and professional sports people.
The Energise program is currently implemented in St George District secondary schools with opportunities of expansion being currently developed for other Dragons catchment areas.
Since inception in 2016 the following schools have been involved:
- Bethany College
- Beverly Hills Girls High School
- Georges River College Oatley
- James Cook High School
- Kingsgrove High School
- Kogarah High School
- Liverpool Girls
- Marist College Kogarah,
- Marist Catholic College Penshurst
- Moorefield Girls High School
- St George Girls High School
- St Mary's Star of the Sea College
- Sydney Boys Technical School
The Energise: believe, lead, succeed program is proudly supported by the St George Illawarra Dragons and the University of Wollongong.