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The Newcastle Knights have announced a landmark initiative to launch a week of Indigenous sporting and cultural celebrations.
The Knights have embraced the upcoming Close the Gap Round and taken Indigenous relations to a new level, unveiling the jersey Newcastle will wear against the Melbourne Storm at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Monday 17 August, 2009.
The jersey will be the centre piece of a week of celebrations, recognising the outstanding contribution Indigenous role models have made to the Knights, Rugby League and Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region - using a national rugby league stage as the vehicle to raise awareness of Indigenous health issues.
Knights CEO, Steve Burraston said the response from the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Indigenous Communities has been overwhelming but more importantly, the Newcastle Knights have an important opportunity to use their national profile to raise awareness of Indigenous health issues.