Trent Hodkinson is a big believer that good work off the field will pay off on the field.
For many of years now, the 29-year-old has lead the way with his ‘Tren7’s Kick for Kids’ initiative.
The respected halfback is also an ambassador for the RSPCA, and has recently been doing work with Kick Sarcoma after friend Hannah Rye passed away from Ewing's Sarcoma.
While Trent admits he doesn’t do it for recognition, he was rewarded for his generous nature at last week’s Danny Buderus Medal, receiving the Community Player of the Year Award.
“It has been something I have been doing for a couple of years now and something I enjoy doing,” said Hodkinson.
“I meet a lot of kids along the way and it’s just a way to give back to the kids in the community and something that I am proud of.
“I remember when I was a little kid and I used to meet a football player, they came to school or a footy game and it used to make my day, week and year so just little things I can do to give back to the kids in the community.”
Hodkinson is also pleased to see a number of younger players starting to get involved with worthy community initiatives.
“It was really good to see the young players doing a lot of things as well,” Hodkinson said.
“I am a big believer that it helps your footy on the field so it’s been good, I have enjoyed it.”
The Knights halfback now can’t wait to meet more local kids in 2018.
“I will continue Kick for Kids for as long as I can and we’ll see how it goes,” Hodkinson stated.
“I am sure I will meet a lot more kids along the way that are doing it tough.
“I will be able to build some more good friendships and we can spend some good times together.”