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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Events


News

  • 21.07.15
    Photos from the Men of League Foundation’s 2015 Gala Dinner

    Gala Dinner 2015 Galleries See the photos from the Men of League Foundation’s 2015 Gala Dinner held at Le Montage on Thursday 16 July by selecting a gallery below. Gala Dinner 2015 Magnificent 7 All photos by Steven K Smith Photography  

    17.07.15
    Men of League Announce Their Magnificent 7

    Magnificent 7 Announced The Men of League Foundation have announced their Magnificent 7 – the seven greatest halfbacks voted by the Australian rugby league public to have strapped on football boots at an elite level in Australia since 1961. 14 nominees for the Men of League’s Magnificent 7 were hand-picked by an expert panel comprising Wayne Bennett, Neil Cadigan, Phil Rothfield, Tim Sheens and Warren Smith. The rugby league community were then invited to select their Magnificent 7 from the nominees. After more than 2,400 votes were cast by the rugby league loving public and a long, diligent count the final results are in and we can unveil the Men of League’s Magnificent 7: Andrew Johns Allan Langer Steve Mortimer Tommy Raudonikis Billy Smith Peter Sterling Johnathan Thurston Last night after the Magnificent 7 were announced, Chairman of the Men of League Foundation, Ron Coote said “It is my privilege to acknowledge these players as one of the Magnificent 7 halfbacks. “Their exemplary commitment to the game of rugby league via their skill, dedication and flair has, according to the rugby league public, counted them among the best on record since television broadcasting began in 1961. “It is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to watch these great players play. Their ranking as one of Men of League’s Magnificent 7 is testament to their ability to lead their team in a pivotal role on the field and to provide the rugby league community with both inspiration and entertainment. “On behalf of the Board of the Men of League, congratulations to these Magnificent 7 on a brilliant career and this worthy recognition of your contribution to rugby league,” Ron Coote concluded. (Photo by Steven K Smith Photography) From left to right: Billy Smith, Allan Langer, Tommy Raudonikis, Steve Mortimer, Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns.  

  • 16.06.15
    Kokoda Challenge

      

    11.06.15
    UPDATE ON BEN ROSS

    The Men of League Foundation’s Welfare and Education Officer, Ben Ross, has this afternoon come out of surgery on his arm. Ben required an operation to repair a fracture to the humerus of his right arm after an arm wrestling accident on last night’s NRL Footy Show. Ron Coote AM, Chairman of the Men of League Foundation said, “Ben is now out of theatre and recovering from his surgery. “On behalf of Ben, Ben’s family and the Men of League Foundation, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in helping Ben to this point. The emergency team, doctors, nurses and hospital staff have been fantastic and we’re all very grateful for their professionalism and support. “This has been a very public episode for Ben and now it’s time for him to recuperate. We ask that everyone now respect his privacy and allow him the time he needs to recover,” Ron Coote AM concluded. For more information: Louise Duff - lduff@brilliantlogic.com.au - 0412 041 330  

  • 01.06.15
    Great luncheon reflecting on Dragons V Sharks clashes over the years

    Around 170 guests joined us at the Men of League Southern Region luncheon at the Cronulla Leagues Club on 29 May to celebrate the many clashes between local rivals the Dragons and Sharks. Players from 1975, 1985 and 1995 and years in between came together to support the Men of League while renewing old friendships and revisiting some of those great games.   It was a rugby league who’s who. Immortal Johnny Raper was joined by legends Steve Edge, Gavin Miller, Johnny Peard, Merv Lees, Teddy Goodwin, Mark Coyne, Andrew Ettingshausen and Nathan Brown. Many others who had represented both clubs were also in attendance.   Chairman Terry Hughes welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support in what is the division’s major fundraiser for the year. He then introduced Corene Strauss, CEO of the Men of League Foundation who thanked those present for their support and gave a brief outline of the work of Men of League.   A panel discussion involving Nathan Brown and Mark Coyne representing the Dragons and ET and Mitch Healy for the Sharks was both humorous and enlightening with many anecdotes heard for the first time.   The auction and raffle was very generously supported which led into a wrap up session by the always very funny John “Bomber” Peard.   It was all in all a great day with a great location, great food and beverages and great fellowship.   Well done to the local Men of League committee.     Bruce Thompson Mobile 0419 475465 From left –Andrew Ettingshausen (ET) , Mitch Healey, Nathan Brown, Mark Coyne. Allan Wilson Interviewing Lord Ted Goodwin Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman Gavin Miller  

    21.05.15
    Men of League Help Mick Egan

    Take a look at this great story about the work Men of League are doing in the Townsville.