Our Community, Our Passion
Dragons Community, once again proudly supported by Recoveries and Reconstruction, ahead of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season
Dragons Community is driven by its role as a representative of the Red V community and committed to playing a positive role across the St George, Illawarra and South Coast regions.
The mission statement of Dragons Community is a simple one: "to have a positive impact on people's lives within our community; a community that stretches from Earlwood in the north to Bateman's Bay in the south"
Entrenched within Dragons Community's mission statement are a number of objectives. They are as followed:
- To support and encourage young people, especially youth, to make positive choices around health, education and other social issues
- To promote respect for self and others, responsibility and self-esteem
- Promote rugby league as a means of delivering health benefits and promoting positive social interaction
- Use the profile and the strength of the Dragons brand to assist selected local charities and associations
St George Illawarra Dragons' players in particular understand too, 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.
Dragons Community will again utilise three pillars of focus that reflect the needs of the community to deliver their programs in 2019.
These three key areas of focus remain as: health and wellbeing, education and skills and social inclusion.
These three focuses will expand to the following key initiatives and programs that have been planned for 2020:
- Second phase implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
- The implementation of the 2020 Best You Can Be school resource (sixth edition) will present students with different focuses and tips for students to follow. Additionally, Dragons players draw from their own lives to provide motivation within the planner for all children to be the best they can be in all aspects of life.
- Female participation initiatives leveraged from the success of the NRL Women’s Premiership
- Community valued initiatives including: the Dusty and Friends early childhood program, NRL School2Work indigenous advancement program and the University of Wollongong's Energise: believe, lead, succeed program.
- Back 2 Juniors program with player support for junior rugby league clubs
The Dragons as a whole will be bolstered once again by the return of Dragons NRLW fullback Samantha Bremner as an ambassador in 2020. Bremner will work alongside teammate and Dragons Community officer Kezie Apps.
Dragons Community also have the support of other female athletes with Emma McKeon (Olympic swimming), Grace Stewart (hockey), Sally Fitzgibbon (surfing), Shakiah Tungai (Rugby League) and Jessica Sergis (rugby league) all volunteering to be ambassadors.