FRESH off his recognition for his community work at the Brownlow Medal on Sunday night, Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak has been named as a nominee for the Tom Hafey Variety Heart of Football Award.
The award acknowledges a current AFL or AFLW player who has inspired Variety the Children’s Charity through his or her selfless actions and dedication to children.
The winner of the award will receive $2000 to be presented to the charity of their choice.
On Sunday, Boak was awarded the coveted Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award and $40,000 to donate to the Childhood Cancer Association for his work visiting children with cancer and their families and raising vital funds for the organisation.
He has been an ambassador for the association for nearly 12 years, visiting hundreds of children in that time to distract them from their health challenges.
It is for that work that Variety has recognised him as a finalist in the Tom Hafey Variety Heart of Football Award.
Hafey played and coached more than 550 games with Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and the Sydney Swans, winning four premierships with the Tigers.
After his coaching career, he inspired thousands of school children with talks about being active and dreaming big.
The other finalists are Geelong’s Georgie Rankin and Carlton’s Adam Saad.
Previous award winners of the award include former Port Adelaide player Jack Hombsch as well as the likes of Garry Rohan, Scott Selwood, Harry Taylor, Eddie Betts, Robert Harvey, Luke Power, Nick Maxwell and Luke Ball.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
Variety SA is a Showdown partner of the Port Adelaide Football Club and a supporter of the club’s longest running program, the Community Youth Program.