Renowned benefactor, Mr Reg Richardson, AO, has become the first individual to provide a scholarship to a Rabbitohs pathways player, with the introduction of the Reg Richardson Scholarship this week.
Mr Richardson's generous donation will directly benefit a Rabbitohs player on the rise that is coming through the pathways ranks to help them become not only the best footballer they can be for the Rabbitohs, but also allow them to become the most rounded person they can be with extra studies being funded by the Reg Richardson Scholars
The Reg Richardson Scholarship will be instituted for a period of five years, which aligns with a pathways player's tenure at the Club in the pathways program before being recognised as an NRL player.
Reg is a long-standing custodian of the Club and the community with a long history of philanthropic work in support of Indigenous Health, Indigenous Education and the Arts.
Mr Richardson was recently recognised as an Officer of the Order (AO) in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours for distinguished service to community health organisations, and to the visual arts as a leader, supporter and patron.
The Elite Pathways Program was created to allow the club to take full control over its pathways programs to ensure we give each player the best opportunity to become an NRL player and a good person post-football.
Mr Richardson's generous donation allows for the establishment of the Reg Richardson Scholarship, which in turn allows a promising pathways player to have the best opportunity to fulfil his or her dreams by representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs on and off the football field with great esteem.