Latrell Mitchell has won an important NRL community award, winning the fan vote for the Ken Stephen Medal, an award which recognises the fantastic community work and impact a player has in each given season.
NRL fans have recognised the tremendous community work that Latrell has done throughout 2023, committing hundreds of hours in his own time to Souths Cares’ programs and other charities, with a particular focus on Indigenous communities.
Latrell’s passion for a wide range of initiatives, including his focus on Indigenous communities, regional NSW, mental health and grassroots has been recognised with this award.
Whether it is helping rural towns re-build after a natural disaster, campaigning against online bullying, calling out racism, delivering Souths Cares’ programs or becoming an ambassador for Greg Inglis’ Goanna Academy, Latrell’s passion and dedication to community can never be questioned as he makes significant differences in the lives of those with which he connects.
The Fan Vote winner will also win $2,500 which will be shared by their Junior Club and nominated charity, which in Latrell Mitchell’s case will be Taree Red Rovers JRLFC and Souths Cares.
Latrell Mitchell has an undeniable passion for the game of Rugby League. The same grit and determination Latrell displays on the field, he also displays off the field in his community work, advocacy and support for individuals in need of assistance.
Stemming from his own humble up-bringing in the regional NSW town of Taree, Latrell is passionate about a wide range of initiatives outside of his club commitments, with a focus on Indigenous communities, regional NSW, mental health and grass-roots Rugby League.
Throughout the 2023 NRL season and pre-season, Latrell visited the regional communities of Cabbage Tree Island, Brewarrina and Comboyne to support communities impacted by floods and to promote grass-roots Rugby League.
Latrell has courageously campaigned against bullying and racism, utilizing his platform as an NRL player to bring awareness to these issues and calling for change.
Latrell has been a great supporter of Souths Cares’ transformational programs and has supported the charity through delivering anti-bullying workshops, attending Souths Cares events and generously hosting Souths Cares’ Male Leadership and Cultural Camp on the family’s farm in Taree.
Latrell has supported countless individual requests for assistance, which he has done discreetly without the pursuit of public accolade.
The final Ken Stephen Medal award, which was won by Latrell’s teammate Cody Walker in 2022, will be announced at the 2023 Dally M Awards in NRL Grand Final week.
Congratulations to Latrell Mitchell on his recognition by Rugby League fans as the game’s premier player that looks after, cares for and makes a difference in community each and every day.