Melbourne Storm will join Team Lace Up and the movement to end social violence when they face the Roosters at AAMI Park on Saturday night, partnering with anti violence organisation Step Back Think.
Storm players will wear orange laces and orange arm bands during their top of the table clash against Sydney, helping to raise awareness around social violence and the consequences a violent decision can make.
More than 150 grassroots sporting clubs across Australia will be lacing up on the same weekend as Melbourne Storm player run onto the ground, uniting people of all ages to fight for the common goal – the prevention of social violence.
Partnering with Step Back Think, Melbourne Storm recognises the important role sporting clubs can play in making a stand against social violence, impacting the behaviour of the wider community.
For the third consecutive year, Storm forward Tohu Harris is an ambassador of the initiative and has joined Team Lace Up in 2017, taking the lead to help raise awareness and end social violence. Unfortunately Harris will not take the field this weekend when Storm face the Roosters with the second-rower sidelined with a shoulder injury.
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.
Donate today and join the cause at www.stepbackthink.org.
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters
Sunday 12 August, 5:30pm