The Men of League Heritage

The Men of League Foundation was established on 11 July 2002 with a desire to assist rugby league players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and members of their families who have fallen on hard times.

Founded by Rugby League greats Jim Hall, Max Brown and Ron Coote AM, the concept for the Foundation came about when Ron expressed his concerns after seeing game legend Doug McRitchie dying alone in a New South Wales South Coast hospital. Together, the men identified a need to establish a Foundation which supports the tight-knit rugby league community.

The name Men of League (MOL) was kindly given by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player, Graeme Hughes. She had used the name for a calendar she had published for a number of years and all found it to be a name befitting the organisation.

In the 11 years following its inception, MOL membership has continued to grow and has now passed 25,000 members. The Foundation is sustained through its dedicated regional committees who run a number of fundraising events across the nation each year.

MOL runs and supports a number of projects to advance its cause, including:

  • Men of League Scholarship Scheme

  • Men of League Residential Care and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Back to the Game

  • Social Welfare initiatives such as Kick-Off Club & Full Time Club

  • Sporting Chance Cancer Fund

In 2006, the Men of League Foundation was awarded status as a deductible gift recipient and a tax concession Charity.

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