A premiership hero in 2010, St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale has been recognised for his work in the community.
Nightingale was handed the "In a League of Their Own" award for May, in recognition of his work spreading a healthy lifestyle message in schools and mentoring teens about the importance of an education.
The Kiwi international, who lives in Sydney and scored two tries in the 2010 grand-final triumph over the Roosters to help deliver the joint venture's first ever premiership, is also a men's health ambassador.
"We all have our ups and downs in life and we enjoy working with kids who have had, or are having, a bit of a roller-coaster ride in life," Nightingale said.
"It feels good to put a smile on their faces. They're always very appreciative."
Much like his on-the-field workload, Nightingale has been tireless in driving the Dragons' association with the Police Citizens Youth Club for the past four years and the Links to Learning program with St George Youth Services.
Nightingale - along with other team-mates including Cameron King, Chase Stanley, Kyle Stanley, Atelea Vea and David Gower - provides participants with ongoing practical assistance and personal tips in goal-setting, personal health and fitness, nutrition, team work and self-management.
Links to Learning assists young people aged 12 to 24 who have left school early or who are students at risk of leaving school early.