Community Highlight | Arthur Beetson Family Day

If you thought the Roosters did well on-field this season, they matched their efforts off-field by immersing themselves within their Eastern Suburbs, Central Coast and Adelaide communities.

The players clocked up 725 appearances in 2017, devoting close to 1,800 hours in the community.

There were plenty of highlights over the 2017 season and we have selected the standout community stories.

Arthur Beetson Family Day

In celebration of NAIDOC week, the Sydney Roosters held the inaugural Arthur Beetson Family Day at Ted Doyle Oval, Berkeley Vale on Monday the 3rd of July.

The day brought 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families together on the Central Coast.

In memory of Indigenous Roosters legend Arthur Beetson, the day had a wonderful community feel to it with a number of organisations working collaboratively to put on the event.

To open the official ceremony, staff and clients from The GLEN performed a cultural dance, followed by Arthur Beetson’s sons addressing the group on behalf of the Beetson family. 

Elders from the Bungaree Aboriginal Association ran the arts and crafts activities, Aboriginal Health Services provided free health checks and Sydney Roosters School To Work students volunteered their services running the didgeridoo workshops.

Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello and NRL development officers led the rugby league skills sessions with the help of Roosters Indigenous Holden Cup players Kiah Cooper and Bernard Lewis, who were a real hit with the kids.