Jamal Fogarty has been named the 2021 Titans nominee for the Ken Stephen Medal which recognises the outstanding community service from a player outside of their club commitments.
Club Co-Captain Jamal Fogarty has been nominated for the award for his extraordinary service to the community through his active volunteering, mentorship to young players and children and working with various community groups.
Juggling his various club commitments and his family life, he has worked tirelessly in the community.
Jamal was recently named as the ‘Literacy Champion’ of Jarjum Gurema, a children’s book teaching Yugambeh language and totems of the Mununjali area.
Additionally, Jamal has helped local students and children through regular mentorship, support and volunteering at local community events and initiatives.
Jamal says the skills from his previous work and former Titans leaders have helped him get to where he is.
“My previous youth worker job has obviously helped me become the person I am but also having the leaders like Presto and Ryan James, especially being Indigenous guys, they are always trying to give back to the community – not for any reward, that’s just who they are,” Fogarty said.
“It’s pretty cool to be acknowledged in that way, but I pride myself on that community environment.
“I’m very similar to those guys, I just love giving back to the community.
“I love hanging around the little kids and being a little kid myself.
“That’s the enjoyable part about it, being able to go to a school or community group and mucking around with the kids,” he said.
Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says Jamal’s nomination shows how he is a leader both on and off the field.
“Jamal is the epitome of a great leader with what he does both on and off the field,” Mitchell said.
“He is such a great leader for our players, the Club and the community.
“He does it all quietly and doesn’t do it for the recognition or acknowledgement,” he said.
The Ken Stephen Medal finalists are decided through a public vote, with the winner being decided by a judging panel.
You can vote for Jamal, here.