Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’d know by now that the Indigenous All Stars, led by stars Scott Prince, Johnathan Thurston and Captain Preston Campbell, were triumphant over the NRL All Stars in their historic match last month at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, winning 16-12.
Played in front of almost 27,000 fans, who came from every state and territory in Australia to watch this unique event, the match was a celebration of Indigenous culture in Australia, the Indigenous contribution to Rugby League and reconciliation.
Not only a celebration, the match was also an opportunity to inspire Indigenous youth around the country to reach their full potential, a message summed up in three simple words: Learn. Earn. Legend!
Emblazoned across the jerseys of the Indigenous players, the slogan encourages young Indigenous people to stay at school and give themselves a better chance of getting a good job.
Learn. Earn. Legend! also encourages young Indigenous people to learn new skills and at the end of the day, earn a good living.
The key message is that getting a good education can help our young people to become legends – for themselves, their family and community.
Of course, there were plenty of legends out there on the field that night, many being some of the finest role models in Australian sport, and none more so than Titans, Queensland and Australian player Scott Prince, who is the ambassador for Learn. Earn. Legend!
“I feel very honoured to be given the role of ambassador for such a worthwhile cause,” says Scott about this special role. “It was my dream to play Rugby League that helped me stay in school, and I am particularly passionate about this cause.”
“I really hope that I can help motivate all kids, especially Indigenous Australians, to stay in school and get the education they need to follow their dreams.”
The match also provided an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to explore a range of career options at the Former Origin Greats Employment and Careers Market held before the game. That’s where 17 local and national organisations, including BHP Billiton, NAB, Spotless, Coles and Woolworths profiled their businesses and the opportunities they have available.
After one of the most memorable nights in Rugby League, it now looks as though the All-Stars game is here to stay, and as Scott Prince points out, the best way to become a legend in your community is to stay in school and get a full education. Learn. Earn. Legend!