It was a busy Thursday morning for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys on their first visits for the 2015 Cowboys Adopt-a-School program, proudly supported by Stockland Townsville.

There are 42 primary schools from Townsville, Charters Towers, the Burdekin, Cairns, Mackay and Palm Island involved in the program this year, with each school assigned an 'adopted' Cowboy for regular visits.

Today's visits included:

  • Zac Santo (Townsville Central State School) and James Tamou (Willows State School) lent their support to their schools' teams at the annual U12 Bill Nettle Cup at Brothers Townsville – the event included 25 teams from Ingham, Charters Towers, Townsville and Ayr.

  • Matthew Wright joined in with the Easter festivities at Belgian Gardens Primary School – Matt was part of the Easter bonnet parade by the year one students during assembly and helped out with some reading exercises, before feasting on Easter treats ahead of a communal morning tea.

  • Patrick Kaufusi was at Railway Estate State School where he handed out awards for attendance this term to the year five and six students.

  • Josh Chudleigh joined JCU students in running science experiments on the oval at Currajong State School.

The Cowboys Adopt-a-School program ties in with the NRL’s Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well health initiative which aims to use the profile of rugby league to influence school-aged children to make positive, healthy choices.

Schools that have signed up to be part of Adopt-a-School design activities for their player visits that match the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well theme.

For more information on participants and our community partners involved in the 2015 program, visit: cowboys.com.au/adopt-a-school.