KARI recently partnered with the Parramatta Eels as part of the NRL Indigenous Round. The Eels wore the KARI logo on the upper back of the club’s first-ever Indigenous jersey, while the club versed the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the inaugural KARI Cup.
The partnership will see the Eels and KARI work together on a number of shared projects through both organisations’ commitment to youth in Western Sydney, and the Eels’ commitment through its Reconciliation Action Plan to develop meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities and organisations. “The Eels have been developing mentoring and leadership opportunities for our young Indigenous players with a focus on their educational and career opportunities away from football,” said Geoff Gerard, Parramatta Eels Director.
As part of South Sydney’s own Indigenous Round celebrations in Round 11, a unique Indigenous jersey was worn against the Dragons in what has been a source of great pride not only for the Club’s Indigenous players – who influenced the strip’s design – but also for the wider Rabbitohs’ family.
KARI also featured on the jersey thanks to the Rabbitohs’ co-major partner Crown Resorts, who donated the spot for the round.
By Charlotte Long