A Community of Saints 2018 Community Perspective 2018 - Page 4

A message from Jarryn Geary As AFL footballers we know what a privileged position it is to play the sport we love for a living, so when given the opportunity to give back to the community who give so much to us, we all jump at the chance. At the Saints, we continue to build a deep connection to our community, from our birthplace at the Junction Oval in St Kilda to our spiritual home at Moorabbin, throughout the broader Bayside region and right across the country. In the past 12 months, we have reached more people than ever before through our community programs and partnerships. Our close links with Bayside schools, junior clubs and Auskick centres and our partnerships with community football leagues and talent pathway programs has seen us connect with more than 35,000 people. We’ve also been busy expanding our community engagement presence. We’ve delivered our Play To Your Strengths program across Bayside, a program that encourages young people to know their strengths, embrace their individuality and value what makes them unique. We are so proud to have expanded our SaintsPlay program, a program providing children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in the game we all love so much, while also empowering local Auskick centres and schools to host inclusive football programs. Our community partnerships have strengthened this year, with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, Soldier On, Trevor Barker Foundation, Blue Ribbon Foundation and Sacred Heart Mission all receiving tailored support to build awareness of their individual causes. Now that we are back at Moorabbin, there has never been a better time to be a Saint and take part in one or many of our community activities. JARRYN GEARY Captain, St Kilda Football Club