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Storm celebrates Indigenous School to Work graduates

Melbourne Storm celebrated graduates of the NRL Indigenous School to Work Program with a ceremony at the club last Friday.

NRL player Nicho Hynes shared his inspiring story with 45 guests in attendance, speaking about his upbringing and his connection to his Aboriginal culture and community.

Hynes presented certificates to the graduating students, while Josh Addo-Carr delivered a video message congratulating the cohort and wishing them luck for the future.

The graduation ceremony opened with an Acknowledgement to Country by Elijah Louttit and a Didgeridoo performance, before past graduates of the School to Work program Ethan Penrith and Yema Egan spoke about their journeys since leaving school.

Essendon VFLW player Courtney Ugle shared her story of resilience, strength, and courage, speaking candidly about her childhood, her family and the trauma she has faced in her young life.

Determined to not allow her struggles to define her, Ugle's bravery inspired everyone in attendance.

The graduation ceremony was followed by a shared lunch at the club.

The School to Work program is proudly funded by the Federal Government.