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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys James Tamou and Johnathan Thurston were among players who recently welcomed teachers from schools participating in the club's 2015 Adopt-a-School program at a meet-and-greet at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The afternoon included a program briefing for the 2015 school year, as well as the opportunity for the teachers from schools across the region to see the team train and meet their adopted Cowboy.

Nicole Accatino with Jason Taumalolo

Now in its 15th year and with the support of community partner Stockland Townsville, Adopt-a-School is one of the Cowboys’ major reinvestments in local primary schools and their students.

Established as a long-term commitment, the 47 participating primary schools use regular visits by their adopted Cowboy to engage students and deliver key positive and healthy lifestyle messages centred on the NRL One Community health initiative 'Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well'.

“With the support of our community partners, the Toyota Cowboys make over 650 visits each year to local schools to support existing curriculum activities,” Cowboys General Manager Community Fiona Pelling explained.

“Industry participation in this cornerstone community program is a fantastic example of wider community commitment to the program's objectives, and to the Townsville and district school community, and we thank all of our program partners for their support.” 

The first school visits for this year's Adopt-a-School program will begin in late March.

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Dianne Newell with Johnathan Thurston

Cover image: Brenton Place with Rory Kostjasyn

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.