One of Australia’s most important sporting charities has undergone a facelift, with the Men of League foundation rebranding to “reflect and represent the community it supports”.
The independent grassroots foundation will now be known as the Family of League, changing its name 20 years after it was established to include the women and children that it has supported.
The Family of League has done an incredible job supporting former players, officials and anyone involved in rugby league who has experienced tough times off the field, and the name change reflects its ambition to help everyone in the sport.
The foundation was founded by rugby league greats Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brown in 2002 and has provided more than $10m of financial support and 10,000 hours of volunteer service in the community.
“Our intention from day one was to use the principles of teamwork to give back to those in our game facing tough times,” Coote said.
“Our members − then and now − unite over a shared love of the game and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
“Our new name tells it like it is – we are a family caring for the everyday heroes who keep the game of league thriving in Australia.”
The Family of League network has more than 6500 members and volunteers across Australia who provide support to injured players, those doing it tough or simply lend a hand when required.
Last year, they teamed up with Sportsbet to raise more than $250,000 for Mose Masoe to help him and his family after his devastating spinal injury.
The organisation continues to grow each year, with donations from the public helping the Family of League contribute astounding figures to those in need.
“This year alone, the organisation invested over $1.1m in wellbeing initiatives to support the everyday heroes of rugby league,” Family of League chief executive Stephen Lowndes said.
“Our new name allows those in the rugby league family to clearly understand that we’re here to support them when they need a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on.
“Whether you’re a fan, member, donor, partner, or sponsor, there is space at our table for all who love the game of rugby league.”
Story Credit: news.com.au