Our Community, Our Passion
Dragons in the Community
Dragons Community, once again proudly supported by Recoveries and Reconstruction, ahead of the 2019 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 2019.
- Second phase implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
- The implementation of the 2019 The Best You Can Be school planner (5th 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 Inaugural NRL Women's Premiership and employment of Kezie Apps and Sam Bremner.
- Community valued initiatives including: the, Dusty & Friends Early Childhood program, NRL School 2 Work Indigenous advancement program and the University of Wollongong's ENERGISE Believe, Lead, Succeed program.
- Junior league players from Under 6s to 13s will receive a Little Dragons Membership
- 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 as an ambassador of Dragons WNRL Fullback and Captain Samantha Bremner in 2019 working alongside teammate and new Community Officer Kezie Apps in 2019.
Community also have the support of other female athletes with Emma McKeon (Olympic swimming), Grace Stewart (hockey), Sally Fitzgibbons (surfing) and Shakiah Tungai (Rugby League) all volunteering to be ambassadors.