The Sydney Roosters have launched an initiative, Roosters Against Racism, to address racism at school and in sport.
Roosters Against Racism will raise awareness of the importance of mutual respect and fair treatment of all people regardless of their cultural, racial or religious backgrounds. It will also promote the benefits of cultural diversity and social cohesion.
The program is supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Play By The Rules, Community Migrant Resource Centre and Left-field Business Solutions.
Schools and sporting clubs across Sydney’s eastern suburbs will hear from Roosters players who have been affected by racism. These players will share their story, explain racism’s impact on them, and talk about how they overcame the issue.
Participants will also hear from qualified personnel who can discuss appropriate strategies for dealing with racism and respond to any questions on the day.
“I’m delighted that the Roosters have undertaken this initiative as part of their support for the Racism. It stops with Me campaign,” said Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane (pictured at the Roosters Against Racism launch).
“Racism inflicts damage on children, teenagers and adults. And it damages local communities, as well.
“By speaking out about their own experiences, Roosters players will encourage schools and clubs to reflect on what they can do to stop racism in the classroom, the schoolyard or sporting field.”