NRL Celebrate Community Carnival
The St George Illawarra Dragons, alongside the other NRL clubs, have visited more than 255,000 children to teach Rugby League's "Health and Wellbeing" program as part of the 15th annual Community Carnival.
Delivered at 965 schools and 77 Junior League clinics in 383 towns across Australia and New Zealand, this year's campaign kicked off with the support of wellbeing advocate Cathy Freeman and NRL Community Ambassador Anthony Minichiello, and finished this week with visits to more than 4,200 children in Perth.
"The 15th anniversary of Community Carnival has been a great success," said NRL Head of Community Adam Check.
"We've seen tremendous efforts from all of the players, Ambassadors, Development Officers and NRL Clubs.
"Players have delivered the health and wellbeing program to students in regional areas as far as Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, to Tingha in New South Wales and Rotorua in New Zealand, travelling more than 40,000km along the way.
"It's been a far-reaching campaign and we hope to have made positive changes to the attitudes of young people towards health and wellbeing."
During the four-week (February 2 – 27) campaign, visit highlights included:
Dragons - Visited more than 8,000 students in 30 schools within the NSW South Coast area, Illawarra and Kogarah in three separate regional and local tours.
Students were also encouraged to become more involved in Rugby League through the playNRL.com portal.