NRL Respect Blitz - Christchurch
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players visited 11 schools to help promote rugby league across the Canterbury region.
The players not only spoke about all things Manly and rugby league but also delivered messages such as Respect and Belonging as part of the NRL Wellbeing Program.
Sea Eagles Captain Daly Cherry-Evans said it was important the players shared their story with students.
"Sharing your own experiences growing up is certainly important for kids to understand that when it comes to NRL players it just doesn't happen,'' he said.
"It is off the back of persistence and hard work. If you can try and teach kids about hard work and persisting at their dreams, it is certainly going to help them in the long run."
Prop Addin Fonua-Blake who joined Cherry-Evans and Lloyd Perrett at two schools said it was great to see a lot of excited faces.
"Going to the schools and talking to the kids is always fun,'' Fonua-Blake said.
"To see how happy the kids are and to give something back to them is amazing. They certainly asked some good questions and showed plenty of interest."
The Sea Eagles thank the staff and students of the following schools for hosting the team today.
Tuahiwi; Halswell; Te Waka Unua; Haeta; Rawhiti; Northcote; St Anne's; Linwood Nth; Bromley; Breens Intermediate; Cathedral Catholic College.