In the continuation of a successful partnership, now in its third consecutive year, the KARI Foundation once again partnered with the National Rugby League (NRL) across the Indigenous All Stars Campaign for 2022.
We are proud to be the major partner of both the women’s and men’s Indigenous squads, which highlighted culture for both the Indigenous and Maori communities in a game for all. This years Harvey Norman NRL All Stars game took place for the first time in Western Sydney, at CommBank Stadium on February 12.
The partnership with the NRL provides funding to the women’s Indigenous pathway program which aims to enhance the professionalism skill set and cultural empowerment of the Indigenous women’s team in the lead up to the All Stars match.
Our CEO Casey Ralph said,
The KARI Foundation is focused on uplifting Aboriginal people and highlighting excellence to the broader Australian public
We value the All Stars platform in showcasing Indigenous excellence on and off the field”
The importance of the KARI Foundation to All Stars cannot be understated.”
NRL Executive General Manager – Partnerships Jaymes Boland-Rudder said.
KARI’s passion, and their desire to be a part of something far bigger than the game, is a constant, and contributes significantly to the success of our partnership.
Whether it’s their support of the Women’s Indigenous Pathway Program, which is critically important to the growth of the game at all levels, through to the sharing of cultural knowledge and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence throughout the All Stars Week, KARI’s commitment generates a major benefit to rugby league.”
This years campaign proved again to be a display of elite athleticism from both teams, with the Women’s Indigenous squad emerging victors in a thrilling game, the final score being 18 – 8.
Unfortunately, their male counterparts weren’t able to capitalise on the momentum, with the Maori Men’s Team taking out the 2022 title, 16-10.