Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award

An enduring tribute to Jim’s standing in the game, his unwavering service and leadership throughout the community, this award commemorates Jim’s legacy as someone who always looked to help others. Presented each year on Brownlow Medal night by the AFL and the Foundation, the JSCL Award recognises current players who demonstrate the same values as personified by Jim. The winner will receive $20,000 from the AFL and $20,000 from the Jim Stynes Foundation to be donated to the charity or community program of their choice.

The JSCL Award selection panel includes Sam Ludbey-Stynes (Jim Stynes Foundation), Luke Darcy (Seven/MMM), Neil Mitchell (3AW), Kim Williams (AFL Commissioner), Sarah Fair (AFL GM People), Jennie Loughnan (AFL Group Operations Manager), Brent Hadley (AFL PA Representative), and Trish Squires (AFL Tasmania CEO).

The JSCL Award recognises current players who
demonstrate the same values as personified by Jim

2020 JSCL Award Winner

The AFL, Jim Stynes Foundation and Telstra are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
The JSCL Award recognises current players who demonstrate the same values as personified by Jim.

Each year the JSCL Award winner will receive $20,000 from the AFL and $20,000 from the Jim Stynes Foundation to be
donated to the charity or community program of their choice.

BACHAR HOULI
RICHMOND TIGERS #14

Bachar Houli of the Richmond Football Club is the winner of the 2020 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.

Houli has been recognised for his dedication and commitment to community work and as a driving force for inclusiveness and social cohesion through his role with the Bachar Houli Foundation.

Houli is regarded as a community leader and role model through the work of the Bachar Houli Foundation. The Foundation is focused on engaging young Muslims in football through a series of community engagement and pathway programs for both male and females in partnership with the AFL and Richmond Football Club.

“This award honours Jim Stynes’ significant
contribution to the community and is a
lasting legacy to his standing in the game”

– Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO

Previous Winners

2019
STEPHEN CONIGLIO
GWS GIANTS #3

Stephen has been part of the development of the Coniglio-Farrugia Community Program in partnership with the New South Wales Government, as well as ambassadorial roles with the Fairfield Falcons Football Club, All Nations Cup, Diversity Talent and Bachar Houli programs and the Lighthouse Community Support program.

2018
NEVILLE JETTA
MELBOURNE DEMONS #39

MELBOURNE defender Neville Jetta is this year’s winner of the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award. Jetta was selected for his work supporting indigenous youth through various school-based programs.  He also is an ambassador for Red Cross and Headspace.

2017
JACK HOMBSCH
PORT ADELAIDE POWER #36

Jack has won this award for the work he has committed to through Inclusive Sport SA, Bedford and Kickstart for Kids. Hombsch acts as an ambassador for bodies dedicated to engaging those living with intellectual disabilities.

2016
JIMMY BARTEL
GEELONG CATS #3

Jimmy has won this award for the work he has committed to through the Just Think Program, the ‘Face up to DV’ campaign he initiated earlier this year based on his own personal experience and his role as an ambassador for Cottage by the Sea.

2015
Dennis Armfield
CARLTON BLUES #27

Dennis is an ambassador and weekly volunteer for Odyssey House Drug and Rehabilitation Centre. He is also a regular contributor to the Carlton FC’s community programs at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Parkville Juvenile Justice Centre.

2014
Beau waters
West Coast Eagles #8

Beau has been involved in a number of organisations over the past decade, including Cancer Council WA, where he is an ambassador, and was the catalyst for the Eagles raising almost $1million for cancer research.

2013
Zac Smith
Gold Coast Suns #9

In 2013 Zac was the Gold Coast Suns’ Domestic Violence Awareness ambassador and a leader of their Horizons program. Zac is also a passionate White Ribbon ambassador who has gone above and beyond to identify how he and his teammates can support the cause and deliver key messages.

2012
Daniel Jackson
Richmond Tigers #23

As an ambassador for Headspace Daniel supports awareness campaigns around anti-bullying and diversity. In 2012 Daniel was appointed onto the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has also presented to thousands of secondary school students on behalf of En Masse and Step Back Think.