Rabbitohs fullback and community champion, Latrell Mitchell, has taken home the Souths Cares Award for the most outstanding contributions to the community for his work in the community throughout the 2023 season away from the field of play.
Mitchell, who also won the Ken Stephen Medal in 2023 as the NRL's Man of the Year along with the People's Choice award this year, is renowned for the fantastic work he does in the community via Souths Cares’ community programs and also in his own time.
Latrell Mitchell's passion for the game of Rugby League is unquestionable, as is his desire to help the community, particularly youth. 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 many initiatives outside of his club commitments, with a focus on Indigenous communities, regional NSW, mental health and grassroots Rugby League.
Throughout 2023, Latrell visited the communities of Cabbage Tree Island, Brewarrina and Comboyne to support communities impacted by floods and to promote grassroots Rugby League. He offered his time and support in his own time to try and help those affected by the floods and to put a smile on the face of the children who live in these regions.
Latrell has courageously campaigned against bullying and racism, utilising his platform as an NRL player to bring awareness to these issues and calling for change. He is often unjustly targeted for taking a stand against racism and bullying, yet he continues to stand against these abhorrent behaviours and advocate for his people.
Latrell has been a great supporter of Souths Cares' transformational programs and has supported the charity by 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.
Latrell is considered as one of the Aboriginal leaders in the NRL with many Indigenous players looking up to him for efforts both on and off the field.
Mitchell was presented with his Souths Cares award by the CEO of Souths Cares Alisha Parker-Elrez at tonight's (Friday's) Red and Green Ball awards night.
Congratulations to Latrell Mitchell on winning the Souths Cares Award for 2023 for the most outstanding contributions to the community.
Souths Cares award winners:
2023 Latrell Mitchell
2022 Cody Walker
2021 Cody Walker
2011 Whole squad
2010 Whole squad
2009 Jamie Simpson
2008 Jamie Simpson
2007 Dean Widders
2006 Beau Champion