Newspapers, talkback radio and social media trolls are quick to crucify AFL players when they put a foot wrong off the field. Today’s AFL is part of an era where scandal and catchy click bait headlines seem to rule. But the truth is, scores of AFL players put in plenty of time behind the scenes to help the less fortunate.
Ladder – tackling youth homelessness
Ladder is an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 to help young people aged 16 – 25 break the cycle of homelessness. They give young people the tools to take control of their lives, transition to independence and achieve their potential. Much of Ladder’s wonderful work comes down to the acts AFL players.
Ladder is the official charity of the AFL Players Association. As a result, AFL players like Jordan Roughead, Mitch Wallis, Jamie Macmillan as well as AFLW players like Karen Paxman and Melissa Hickey, take on the role of Ladder ambassador by acting as mentors, advocates and fundraisers for Ladder.
My Life As… A Ladder Ambassador
In this episode we see a different side to several big name AFL players as they go above and beyond to tackle youth homelessness. We go behind the scenes with them as they find time away from the training track to help some vulnerable members of the community.
By helping young people achieve their life goals, these footballers are doing something far more worthwhile than anything achieved in four quarters of footy.
Episode Length: 6:50 minutes
Sport: Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions
Published on June 1, 2017