YEP Says, March 25: Why the Rhinos are winners both on and off the rugby pitch

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Club is perfect example of how to harness the power of sport to do good.

THE fact that they command the loyalty of legions of fans puts sports teams in a unique position from which they have the chance to use their pulling power as a force for good.

Sadly, it’s a position many clubs don’t make the most of – but that’s not a charge that can be levelled at the Leeds Rhinos.

The club has long shown that it has a strong sense of community, as anyone who has witnessed the sterling work of the Leeds Rugby Foundation will testify.

Yet the Rhinos are also a club with a social conscience, as shown by their backing for efforts to save the rhino from extinction.

They are now teaming up with a trio of wildlife charities in a bid to help raise awareness of the issue of rhino poaching, with bead bracelets being sold from the club’s shop to raise money to support their work.

Meanwhile, closer to home, the Rhinos’ first team players will be giving up their free time to mentor runners in the forthcoming Yorkshire Marathon, while Keith Senior is getting ready to cycle more than 1,000 miles for a string of good causes.

Not only do the club deliver inspiring work within the community, they also go to great lengths to place families at the forefront of the match day experience.

A perfect example of how the power of sport can be harnessed to make a positive impact, the Rhinos are winners both on and off the pitch.

Show of solidarity in face of killer disease

Mother’s dAY is just around the corner and it’s a date that has extra resonance for Jessica Hartley.

Having lost her mum Carol to cancer 18 months ago, she’s gearing up to run this year’s Race For Life.

And she’s not alone. Women across the city are signing up for the event at Temple Newsam in memory of loved ones they have lost to the disease.

It’s not just about the money – although of course that’s important in terms of funding research into cancer – but a show of solidarity in the face of this terrible illness.

Good luck to Jessica and all those who will be running for someone they love on June 29.

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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