SUPPORTING a range of causes close to his heart has seen Collingwood footballer Jordan Roughead nominated for the prestigious Jim Stynes award, which will be presented at the AFL Brownlow Medal count.
Roughead, 30, originally from Lake Wendouree is one of four nominees for the award named after the 1991 Brownlow Medalist Jim Stynes. It is the second time he has been shortlisted as a finalist having been nominated in 2017.
An ambassador and supporter of a number of organisations, Roughead is one of four nominees for this year's award.
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Among the organisations Roughead has worked for include being an ambassador for Stand-Up Events which works to help educate young people on the impacts of homophobia.
He has also participated in a world-first research project with Monash University into homophobia in sports clubs.
Stand-Up Events is a not-for-profit association which has operating since 2015.
Based on the research, Stand-Up Events was able to create customised preventative programs to implement into grass roots sporting clubs. The organisation also aims to generate awareness and enact change through speaking events as well as working directly with sporting clubs, companies and schools.
Roughead is also active in generating awareness of climate change through his involvement in the environmental organisation FrontRunners. FrontRunners is a movement for athletes who are concerned about the future of sport in a changing world. It encourages them to be part of the solutions to the climate and environmental challenges facing the world.
He has also worked with the Australian Conservation Foundation and as an ambassador for the Sporting Environmental Alliance.
Roughead also been a long-time supporter, ambassador, mentor and board member with Ladder, working to support young people who experience homelessness and social isolation and disadvantage.
Working with young people (15-20 years) who have had an out-of-home care experience, Ladder's Step-Up run in both Sydney and the Latrobe Valley.
Among its aims is to build independence in young people aged 16-25 years, while supporting them to engage in education, training and employment.
He is also a leader in promoting gender equality through his role as an assistant coach in the Collingwood's AFLW Program.
This is the 10th time the Jim Stynes Award will be presented.
It was named after the 1991 Brownlow Medalist who was instrumental in setting up children's and young people's charities across Victoria and Australia, including the Reach Foundation, which works to connect young people and help them navigate challenges in life.
Other nominees include Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Georgie Rankin (Geelong Cats) and Nicola Stevens (Carlton).