Adam Goodes believes the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal people to the game.
Goodes will attend his first AFL match of the season when he heads along to Marn Grook at the SCG against Hawthorn on Friday night.
It will be a busy evening for Goodes who will be in attendance at the club’s Chairman function, on Driver avenue amongst fans pre-match and be required to present the Goodes-O’Loughlin medal on field post match.
The GO Foundation, a charity formed by Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, are the official charity partner for Friday night’s match.
“It is important to a lot of indigenous players this round as it is a celebration of who we are and our contribution,” Goodes said.
“It is another great opportunity to celebrate indigenous culture and the contribution of aboriginal people to the game.
“It is another chance for my mum’s design on the jumper to be showcased again so I am very proud.”
Goodes was back at the SCG during the week as part of his ongoing work with the GO Foundation.
“To be back here today after a long spell today brings back so many great memories and even so many great memories for Indigenous Round,” he said.
“Being able to express myself and my culture during this round not only through my jumper that I was wearing but also being able to dance and do lots of different things on the football field.
“It is going to be a special night again on Friday night.”
In support of the Recognise campaign, Swans players will wear the “R” symbol on their guernseys in Friday’s Marn Grook match.
Goodes has been a staunch supporter of the campaign and has welcomed league-wide support.
“I think even more so this year because it is the 50-year anniversary of the referendum, which is fantastic to celebrate that,” Goodes said.
“It’s a celebration, but it is also still for some people out there an education about what happened not only 50 years ago, but before that, for Indigenous people.”