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The St George Illawarra Dragons' 'The Best You Can Be' program has continued to evolve throughout 2021, now boasting 28 outreach schools of the 104 involved.

Over the past two months our staff and players have been interacting with students located in regional New South Wales and Queensland via successful Zoom sessions.

Prior to the NRL team's relocation to Brisbane, Zac Lomax, Hayden Lomax, Jordan Pereira and NRLW stars Kezie Apps and Keeley Davis conducted sessions with nine schools, stressing the importance of health and wellbeing.

Most recently another 11 schools have been involved in the sessions, posing questions for players on dealing with stress, staying fit and healthy and how they achieved their dreams.

Another large contingent of NRL and NRLW players including Tyrell Sloan, Adam Clune, Brayden Wiliame, Talatau Amone and Quincy Dodd took part in these sessions.

It was however Dragons captain and former Dingo State School student Ben Hunt who stole the show when he beamed into his old primary school to talk to the whole school (69 students) about his time as a student at Dingo SS, the importance of looking after yourself and others as well as playing junior league with Blackwater Crushers.

Hunt was also joined by teammate and fellow Queensland Maroon Andrew McCullough who reminded the students to treat everybody equally no matter how fortunate they are.

You can watch Ben Hunt reminisce on his BYCB session back home and his roller coaster fortnight above.

To date, the Dragons have conducted 20 Zoom sessions to our rural and remote schools;

  • School of the Air Hay
  • School of the Air Broken Hill
  • Trangie CS
  • Naradhan PS
  • Wyalong PS
  • Goolgowi PS
  • Rankin’s Springs PS
  • Hanwood PS
  • Busby West PS
  • Finley PS
  • Ivanhoe CS
  • Broken Hill North PS
  • EA Southee PS
  • Young North PS
  • Tallimba PS
  • Temora West PS
  • Binnaway CS
  • Murringo PS
  • Dingo SS
  • Bedgerebong PS