Sydney Roosters forward Nat Butcher has been nominated for the 2021 Ken Stephens Community Award for his outstanding work off the field and with the community.
A reliable, proactive leader, Nat regularly organises to help in the community beyond his club commitments.
During the pre-season the Roosters visited the Northern Rivers region, Nat promoted Rugby League in the area and helped increase registrations for the Junior League Clubs. Furthermore, he organised an extra two-hour trip to Casino to promote the game and interact with fans.
Nat was an active participant in NRL’s League Stars Inspire program, delivering the health and wellbeing program to 120 students at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School in February. With a passion to help students in his local community, this was not the first time Nat delivered this powerful program.
The Roosters' relationship with The Ronald McDonald House at Randwick has been strengthened by Nat’s enthusiasm. For many, a monthly commitment might be enough but Nat had a strong desire to do more for the children and their families, Nat organised extra visits to the hospital in 2021 - even on a long weekend.
Since 2018 Nat has passionately supported the small charity The Boys and Girls Brigade in Surry Hills, he helped provide a safe and welcoming place for children, youth and their families. Nat supported the children and staff at the charity in a number of ways including Lego building competitions and sports nights.
He’s a real honest man and he’s a real giver. That’s really good news to hear for a guy like Butch.Trent Robinson Roosters Head Coach
On the field or in the community, Nat represents the Tricolours of the Club with pride and respect.
According to Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson, Nat is a worthy nominee for the award.
"He’s a caring guy," Robinson said.
"Butch is the real high moral code. He’s a real honest man and he’s a real giver. That’s really good news to hear for a guy like Butch.
"He wouldn’t mention it, he would go about it and just do his job.
“What he looks on the field is what he is off-field.”