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All Stars match to boost NRL programs

09/02/2010 05:59:59 PM Comments (0)

The NRL has announced a $1.5 million Rugby League All Stars prize pool will be injected into a range of community programs via all 16 clubs.

Ahead of Saturday night's inaugural All Stars clash at Skilled Park, Scott Prince has also been named as the Indigenous ambassador for the Department of Education, Employment and Work Place Relations Indigenous Education campaign dubbed "Learn, Earn, Legend!".

NRL boss David Gallop said all money raised by the All Stars game would be invested in various community programs across every NRL club and be supported by the program Rugby League's One Community.

"For the players and the clubs it's a real reminder of how much rugby league touches people's lives," Gallop said on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

"Saturday's All Stars match, on the second anniversary of the Prime Minister's apology to the stolen generation, provides an important focal point for the way everyone can work together to make a real difference in people's lives.

"It is a new concept in Australian sport and the spirit with which the players and the club have embraced the match and the entire week deserves to be commended."

Through its partnership with the Indigenous All Stars - who will play the NRL All Stars on Saturday night - the federal government aims to encourage indigenous children to stay in school and succeed in the workplace with the "Learn, Earn, Legend" campaign.

"I really hope I can motivate all kids, especially indigenous Australians to stay in school and get the education they need to follow their dreams," Prince said.

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