Hawthorn youngster Dylan Moore has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community, named as one of four finalists for the 2022 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
Since arriving at the brown and gold in 2017, Moore has dedicated much of his time in ensuring that the football community is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.
The 23-year-old has worked tirelessly to try and increase social inclusion and destigmatize discussions of mental health and wellbeing across vulnerable communities.
He has become a key part of Beyond Blue, Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, leading conversations across the club with fans, members, and supporters.
Besides Beyond Blue, Moore has put his efforts behind supporting several different communities.
As an ambassador for the Hawks Pride Group, he has led educational sessions across the Hawks’ AFL, VFLW, VFL, Wheelchair AFL and AFL Blind and Netball teams.
Moore has also mentored members of the Hawks Wheelchair AFL team, lead teammates to visit the Katherine region to deepen connections with the First Nations Communities and provides regular support surrounding mental health, citing his own experiences.
His volunteering has led to social change across multiple communities with his impact in lowering the perceived barrier to community participation and the stigma surrounding mental health.
In addition, he has worked closely with all these communities to ensure that he was being an active ally for all and has made a valuable and lasting change.
In its eleventh year, the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award will be presented to an AFL or AFLW player who has best demonstrated the values of the late former Melbourne Football Club President and player Jim Stynes.
These values are a commitment to the community, to helping others, to making a difference, and to representing the game of football both on and off the field.
Harry Cunningham (Sydney), Adam Saad (Carlton), Joel Selwood (Geelong) are the other finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Brownlow Medal Night on September 19.