Their adopted Cowboys may not be able to visit now, but Townsville and district schools are still enjoying drop-ins from some special Adopt-a-School representatives, thanks to the program’s presenting partner Bravus Mining & Resources.
With current North Queensland Toyota Cowboys adhering to NRL COVID protocols, a number of familiar Cowboys faces are hitting the streets during August and September, ensuring the Term 3 visits keep to schedule.
Program ambassadors and former Cowboys Gavin Cooper, Matt Bowen and Ray Thompson will spread their time across more than 50 schools with a helping hand from Cowboy Justin O'Neill and injured young-gun Riley Price.
With school visits already kicking off around the region, Cooper said the group are appreciating the chance to get out and about in the school community.
"While the players are really disappointed they can’t get out to their own adopt-a-schools, we've been really lucky in North Queensland that we're still able to visit such a huge number of local schools," he said.
"This is a really great opportunity for us to continue our strong connections with the schools and get involved in the activities the schools have chosen for us, as part of their regular school day.
“We love the excitement of Adopt-a-School and how our program schools always make us feel like one of their team.”
On Wednesday, Justin O'Neill visited Townsville West State School to take part in book week activities, while Riley Price has visited students at Cranbrook State School, Southern Cross Catholic School and Townsville Community Learning Centre.
The Adopt-a-School program was established as a long-term social commitment to North Queensland school communities, and gives participating schools the opportunity to utilise their 'adopted' Cowboy as a role model for their students.
Visits are conducted each term, with Cowboys players and ambassadors involved in a diverse range of school activities including assemblies, sporting carnivals, events and classroom visits.