This year's NRL Cowboys House students were among thousands of members and fans who turned out for Cowboys Community Day, in their first official outing together since they arrived in Townsville for the start of the school year.
Now in its second year of operation, NRL Cowboys House has welcomed an additional 25 young men to join an existing group of House Brothers who completed their inaugural year in 2017.
House manager Gary Cook said it was a great introduction to the Cowboys family and, importantly, the Townsville community.
“All the boys are from North Queensland, and of course love the Cowboys and rugby league, so they were as excited as any fan to meet the players up close,” Mr Cook said.
“It was a great experience for the boys before they really knuckle down for the school term.”
All 50 students are enrolled in schools across Townsville, including Kirwan State High, William Ross State High, Ignatius Park College, Calvary Christian College and TechNQ, to begin studies from years 7-11.
NRL Cowboys House is a joint initiative between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, the National Rugby League and Queensland and Australian Governments, and is managed by the Cowboys Community Foundation, the charity arm of the Cowboys.
Officially opened in March 2017, the House is a purpose-designed and culturally respectful facility providing life-changing opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged students in the country.
For more information and to donate, please visit cowboysfoundation.org.au.