Melbourne Storm players will visit 10,000 primary school children over two days to spread the message of the NRL’s One Community Tackle Bullying program.
As part of the annual Community Carnival, 11 Storm players will visit 32 schools and 8,000 students across Melbourne on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February as part of the club’s commitment to the growth of rugby league in Victoria.
Selected players will also travel to Mildura to see 2,000 primary and secondary school students across the Sunraysia region.
The NRL’s Community Carnival started in January and runs over four weeks. Players and development officers will be equipped with educational resources developed with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), to speak to children, teachers and parents about empowering students and coping with difficult social situations.
The players will conduct their school visits while 16 of their teammates are in New Zealand for the inaugural Auckland Nines tournament. As part of the trip the squad will make a community visit to the junior club of Jesse and Kenny Bromwich.
Players visiting schools across Melbourne: Billy Slater, Hymel Hunt, Cameron Smith, Tim Glasby, Junior Moors, Bryan Norrie, Dayne Weston, Travis Robinson, Ryan Hinchcliffe, George Rose and Ben Roberts.
Players visiting schools across Mildura: Cooper Cronk, Ben Hampton, Kenny Bromwich, Jordan McLean, Cody Walker and Felise Kafusi.
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