The NRL’s Penrith Panthers have committed to raising awareness about the Men of League Foundation after entering into a formal partnership with the organisation.
The Men of League Foundation, which provides practical support to individuals and families in the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times, will receive support from Panthers players and staff who will assist with the delivery of wellbeing projects.
“Panthers has always taken great pride in its community programs so it’s a natural extension of that for us to have joined forces with the Men of League Foundation,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League, Matt Cameron, said.
“This partnership is indicative of our ongoing commitment to making a positive and tangible impact in the community.
“Men of League plays such an important role supporting the extended rugby league family and we look forward to promoting and empowering the outstanding work they do.”
Men of League Foundation CEO, Stephen Lowndes, said the foundation was delighted to have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Panthers.
“The Penrith Panthers have been very supportive of the Men of League Foundation for some time however this MOU creates a formal structure around assisting those in the rugby league community who need a helping hand.
“We’ve already held a well-received briefing with the Panthers players, demonstrating how we support the men, women and children of the rugby league community, and the impact the players can make.
“The simple act of providing a wellbeing recipient with a personal visit from a Panthers player can be an inspiring experience for everyone involved.”
The partnership will also see the Men of League Foundation work closely with Brad Waugh, manager of the Panthers Ex-Players Association, to provide support to the club’s former players and their families.