Walker wins Ken Stephen Medal

2nd October 2022

Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker has been named as the recipient of the 2022 Ken Stephen Medal - Man of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to community initiatives throughout the year.

Leveraging his profile as an NRL star, Walker makes significant contributions to social justice issues and community projects, and is a long-time supporter of South Sydney’s South Cares and the NRL's community initiatives. A former captain of the Indigenous All Stars, Walker is passionately involved in numerous Indigenous focused initiatives, including the Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Program, Aboriginal Employment Program, Deadly Youth Mentoring Program and the Rabbitohs' Wellbeing Program. His contributions include helping raise money for the Rising Warriors Program, guest speaking at NAIDOC week school celebrations and collaborating with indigenous leaders from multiple codes and industries in the Unity Dance in 2021. The Casino Cougars junior has also worked to involve his Rabbitohs teammates in his work, and in Round 21, alongside Latrell Mitchell, surprised participants in the Souths Cares’ mentoring programs with a VIP holiday to the Sunshine Coast. Additionally, he and a number of teammates attended group training sessions with Souths Care participants. Walker’s supporting charity and junior club will each receive $3,500 as a result of him claiming the Ken Stephen Medal. This year is the 34th time the Ken Stephen Medal has been awarded, and in 2022 the NRL received a record number of fan votes for both the Ken Stephen Medal and it’s NRLW equivalent, the Veronica White Medal.

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