Eddie's Lil' Homies
Carlton forward Eddie Betts has proven time and time again why he is considered such an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids across the country. A proud Wirangu/Kokatha/Guburn Man, he has played 16 AFL seasons - over 300 games, three time All Australian and multi Goal of the Year winner. But it is not just his tremendous athleticism that draws attention to the 33 year old father of 4.
"If I didn't get picked up I would probably be in jail because I was going down the wrong path. I would be in jail or I wouldn't have a clue where I'd be, that's the truth." - Eddie Betts (Interview with the Advertiser 2018)
When Eddie entered the AFL at 17 years old, he could not read or write. So for the first 3 years of his career at Carlton, Eddie undertook a literacy program to improve his reading and writing skills. In several interviews, Eddie speaks of his inability to do many things most people take for granted early on in his career; such as read and sign contracts and do his taxes. Now a father of 4, Eddie has grown passionate about empowerment through education and encouraging literacy from a young age.
In addition, Eddie has battled relentless racism and discrimination both on and off the field his whole career, and still continues to 'show up' and call it out!
Eddie is using his talent and platform to create sustainable change in Australian society, to create a more inclusive and culturally safe AFL environment for young people to aspire to be apart of. So, In 2018 Eddie launched the Eddie's Lil' Homies series which included the first of his children's books titled "My Kind", shortly after came "My People". The books focus on teaching kids all about culture, respect and equality. Eddie regularly spends time in community and constantly promotes education and connecting with words to all who participate in his programs.
Shop Homelands is so proud to be involved with such a fantastic initiative. You can read more about Eddie and Eddie's Lil' Homies by checking out https://eddieslilhomies.com/ and https://www.eddiebetts.com.au/.
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