Souths Cares Ambassador, Nathan Merritt, visited a NSW Juvenile Justice Centre at Campbelltown last week to deliver the Dream, Believe, Achieve health and well-being sessions to students from Dorchester School.
Nathan said the Dream, Believe, Achieve session has been designed by teachers to educate students about the importance of having a dream. The program uses the profile of NRL players and the game of Rugby League to inspire students to achieve in whatever they want to do.
“The NRL and Souths Cares have done a great job to put this on,” Nathan said.
“When I got asked to come out here, I jumped at it because it’s something I really believe in.”
Nathan also said that the influence of good role models and mentors in the lives of young people cannot be underestimated.
“If I didn’t have good role models growing up, things could have been very different for me,” Nathan said.
“I feel like it’s my turn to give back to the community because I was very lucky getting support from family, friends and supporters.”
Nathan also joined students for a game of touch footy following the motivational sessions and was surprised by the level of skill and speed among the group.
“Some of those fellas are really talented – they had a bit of pace, too,” admitted the Rabbitohs try-scoring record holder.
Dorchester School teacher, Luke Webb, said he was appreciative of the assistance the session offered to his students.
“The program was highly enjoyable and beneficial for our boys,” said Luke.
“Nathan was a fantastic and relatable Ambassador that provided our students with positive dreams and goals for the future.
“Indigenous NRL Ambassadors have always been highly sought after and respected in our school and this has been another successful example of that.”