Roosters player Bernard Lewis and the Roosters Community team recently spent a day on the Central Coast to spread an important message.
'Tackle Bullying' and 'Respect' were the programs the team delivered to four schools ahead of the Roosters blockbuster clash against the Titans this weekend at Central Coast Stadium.
Bernie spoke to the students about the various forms of bullying in modern society, including verbal, physical, and physiological abuse.
He also discussed the rise of cyber bullying, and what to do if you find yourself a victim of bullying, with staying calm and reporting the issue being key.
The 'Respect' program covered topics including teamwork, inclusion, and positive communication.
Bernie explained how the Sydney Roosters use respect and the inclusion of everyone's talents to help them be successful.
Bernie said he enjoys days he can reach out to kids.
"It was awesome to take our Community programs to the Central Coast, all the kids were enthusiastic and listened well," he said.
"The kids are keen to get to the game this Saturday too, which is good!"
Sydney Roosters Community Manager Catherine Dawson was pleased with the Central Coast visit.
"We were able to speak to roughly 900 students throughout the day, so it's great to be able to reach that many students with a positive message."
"The Roosters programs aim to inspire the community, in particular the younger generations, into making positive and lasting lifestyle choices."
The kids enjoyed the chance to quiz Bernie at the end of the sessions, asking him questions about his nutrition, training schedule, and most memorable games.
Students Jack Bryant and Molly Pittman also won a once in a life time prize, they will join Rocky the Rooster to lead the team out onto the field when we take on the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium this Saturday!
The Sydney Roosters would like to thank St Cecilia's Primary School, Blue Haven Public School, Toukley Public School, and Gwandalan Public School for their hospitality.