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Matthew Agius  September 25, 2017 10:02 PM

PTV: Jack Hombsch - Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award nomination Port Adelaide's motto is 'We Exist to Win Premierships and Make Our Community Proud' " Jack lives the second part of that motto every day as a humble, but dedicatedand passionate ambassador for those with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The men, women and children that many groups serve in the community are deserving of dignity, respect and a chance to participate fully in activities and programs many of us take for granted.

IT'S a case of third time lucky for Port Adelaide defender Jack Hombsch, who was awarded the prestigious Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at Monday's Brownlow Medal count.

The award recognises outstanding community work and leadership displayed by a player from within the AFL industry, including the AFLW competition for the first time in 2017.

Four players are nominated annually, with Hombsch shortlisted in both 2015 and 2016 previously. 

Hombsch's work with South Australians with an intellectual disability is inspired by his younger brother, Todd, who lives with Down Syndrome.

For over five years, Hombsch has worked with numerous organisations and acts as an ambassador for bodies dedicated to engaging those living with intellectual disabilities. 

Those bodies include Inclusive Sport SA, Bedford and Kickstart for Kids. 

Hombsch has also been a positive role model and ambassador for organisations such as the Adelaide Footy League's C7 division, a volunteer with the Salisbury Council's inclusion programs and has been highly involved leading the Power's playing group's charity initiatives.

"I don’t believe in the idea of ‘disability’," Hombsch said at the time of his nomination. 

"To me, five years spent working with various groups has shown me that everyone in our community has talents and skills that have meaning and value.

"The men, women and children that many groups serve in the community are deserving of dignity, respect and a chance to participate fully in activities and programs many of us take for granted.

"Having the chance to play AFL football is a rare privilege offered to just a few, and I believe that players have a chance to make a real contribution to their community beyond their feats on the field. 

"I hope the small impact I can have working with these groups can enrich the experience of some of the most remarkable people I’ve had the honour of meeting over these past five years."