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Sydney Roosters forward Jason Baitieri’s role helping a group of homeless men conquer a special quest has earned him the One Community Good Guy of the Month award for July.

In between his busy training schedule and own work commitments, Baitieri has been donating his time to train homeless clients from Mission Australia in preparation for their debut at the 2010 City2Surf, in Sydney next month.

“I’m having a fantastic time helping the guys out and passing on the knowledge I’ve gained through my years playing Rugby League”, Baitieri said.

“They’re a really motivated group and I’m looking forward to seeing their progress over the coming weeks in the lead up to the run.”

The initiative is one that sees ‘coach’ Baitieri and his Roosters teammates host fortnightly training sessions for the group ahead of the 2010 City2Surf event.

“This is another example of the ambition and commitment we see from so many NRL players to make a positive difference to people’s lives,” NRL Director of Community Relations, Trish Crews, said.

“As well as putting time aside in his own busy schedule to support the community through this initiative, Jason’s involvement also makes him a great role model for the group and other Rugby League players.”

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.

Previous winners this year include Beau Champion (Souths), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters) and Scott Bolton (Cowboys).

Last month saw the award break with tradition to recognise mother-of-three Darlene Maher as the ‘Good Girl of the Month’ during Rugby League’s annual Harvey Norman Women in League celebrations.

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

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