Melbourne Storm will join Team Lace Up and the movement to end social violence when they face Wests Tigers at AAMI Park in Round 16, partnering with anti violence organisation Step Back Think.
Storm players will wear orange laces during their Sunday afternoon clash with the Tigers at AAMI Park on June 26, helping raise awareness around social violence and the consequences a violent decision can make.
40,000 Australian’s will wear Step Back Think orange laces during lace up week with a variety of ambassadors from elite and community sporting clubs and organisations joining Team Lace Up, pledging to end social violence.
Partnering with Step Back Think, Melbourne Storm recognises the important role sporting clubs can play making a stand against social violence, impacting the behaviour of the wider community. Since January there has already been nine lives lost to social violence in Australia.
For the second year, Storm forward Tohu Harris is an ambassador of the initiative and has joined Team Lace Up in 2016, taking the lead to help raise awareness and end social violence.
Step Back Think was formed in the wake of the horrific injuries sustained by James Macready-Bryan in 2006. James suffered catastrophic brain damage from which he will never recover after a single punch knocked him to the ground in Melbourne's CBD.
A group of James' closest friends started Step Back Think in an effort to change the culture that will end social violence and prevent others going through what he, his friends, his family, and his community are faced with each day.
Join Storm and Team Lace Up by visiting www.TeamLaceUp.com.au
Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers
Sunday 26 June, 4pm