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South Sydney Rabbitoh Beau Champion’s work delivering education, health and welfare programs to children, and his efforts in mentoring Indigenous youth have seen him named this year’s first One Community Good Guy of the Month.

Champion was today named One Community Good Guy of the Month for March in recognition of his work as a leader in the Souths Cares Teachers’ Aide program, which sees him regularly attend La Perouse Public School to deliver literacy and numeracy, healthy lifestyle and anti-bullying programs to students.

The award also acknowledges Champion’s contribution to Indigenous and disadvantaged youth including his involvement in Souths Cares’ partnership with the Aboriginal Connections Employment Services agency, where he mentors young Indigenous Australians seeking to enter the workforce.

“We certainly don’t look for praise for our community work but it’s nice the programs and achievements can be recognised,” said Beau Champion of the award.

“The Good Guy of the Month is a fantastic way to acknowledge the commitment so many players in our game make to help the community and, importantly, it shows how easily we can make a difference.

“I’m very grateful for the award and for the Souths Cares program which gives us the chance to get out into the community often and see how important these programs are.”

Champion’s commitment to helping the community saw him undertake more than 160 hours of community activities in 2009.

Already this year, on top of his regular visits to La Perouse Public School and the Aboriginal Connections agency, he has also participated in the launch of the NSW Government’s Tackling Violence anti-domestic violence campaign and visited young offenders at the Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre to speak to them about achieving positive goals and making better life choices.

“Beau is clearly very passionate and committed to helping the community and has certainly established himself as a role model for young people,” said Trish Crews, NRL Director of Community Relations.

“His achievements and those of Souths Cares are a great example of the positive impact our players make each year through their work in the community.”

Rugby League’s One Community Good Guy of the Month award acknowledges and recognises the inspiring and widespread commitment of NRL players to the community throughout the season.

As the Good Guy of the Month, Champion will receive one night’s accommodation including breakfast for two courtesy of NRL sponsor Holiday Inn.

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National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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