Bulldogs Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs players Denzel King, Jaelen Feeney and Patrick Templeman, along with Bulldogs Indigenous Officer Dean Feeney joined in celebrations at the NRLs NAIDOC Community Day at Heritage Park, Moore Park on Tuesday, July 9.


The Holden Cup under 20s players were in the company of the NRLs Indigenous Ambassadors David Peachey, Rhys Wesser and Dean Widders, as well as a range of Indigenous players including former Bulldogs Jonathon Wright and Michael Lett for a day of festivities.


The players assisted with rugby league clinics and enjoyed cultural performances, food and face painting.


Indigenous Bulldog Denzel King who hails from the small town of Weipa near the Gulf of Carpentaria, was proud to celebrate NAIDOC week with his teammates and the community.


NAIDOC week brings everyone together, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The NRL NAIDOC Community Day provides us a chance to celebrate and unite as a community, King said.


King continues to be an outstanding Indigenous and club ambassador, after winning the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year award at the Central and Northern Sydney Training Awards.


He was recognised for his work in the NRL Learn Earn Legend! School 2 Work Program working alongside Bulldogs Aboriginal Project Officer Dean Feeney in mentoring local Aboriginal students.


Together with the Learn Earn Legend! NRL School to Work (S2W) Program, the Bulldogs are helping to create pathways to successful careers for Aboriginal students in years 11 and 12. With the aim of supporting students in the program complete their senior schooling and move into further study, training, or meaningful employment, School 2 Work is just one of the NRLs initiatives to Close the Gap.