Gold Coast Titans centre Konrad Hurrell has been nominated for the 2017 Ken Stephen Medal.
In his short-time at the Titans, Konrad has already made a big impression. The hulking centre, who resurrected his career on the Gold Coast, has clocked-up more than 120 hours of community work over the past twelve months.
It's not just Konrad's trademark energy and emotion that makes him one of the NRL's most popular players but it is also his genuine care for those in the community.
The Tongan international is always last to leave the pitch on game day – ensuring that fans with disabilities are assisted to and from the stadium – and, this year, has volunteered at match day engagements with White Ribbon, Ronald McDonald House, Starlight Foundation to name a few.
But, it is in his work with the Touch Football Specialised program that the cult-hero's kind-hearted nature and leadership skills shine through. The TFS program was developed to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in a modified version of Touch Football.
Konrad referees and plays in the TFS All Abilities Competition every Wednesday night and ensures teammates from both the NRL and NYC join him. He has made a huge impact on the program, organising the TFS's Christmas Party, helping secure a sponsor for the day, and ensuring all participants received a prize.
Konrad is an inspiration to young Rugby League fans and the outcomes of his involvement can be life-changing.
The Ken Stephen Medal
Ken Stephen was an administrator who devoted 28 years to the NSWRL in various capacities. He retired shortly before his death in 1988. The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player, who has not only achieved on the field, but has also committed time off the field to community projects.
A player is nominated by their NRL club for their involvement in charity work, youth development or community support. The nominated player will have consistently demonstrated their commitment to making a difference in their community and be seen as a role model in this area at their NRL club.
The NRL Community Awards recognise Rugby League's unsung heroes for the tireless work they do to support the game they love. From volunteers and teachers, to players at a first-grade level, the awards pause to honour, reflect and congratulate those who make a positive difference for many in their communities, week after week.
This article first appeared on NRL.com