Her Excellency The Honourable Frances Adamson AC Governor of South Australia | Patron | 2022 - current
"I am pleased to accept the invitation to be patron of the Sammy D Foundation, continuing the work of my distinguished predecessor The Hon Hieu Van Le AC.
When people work together to achieve change, our community is strengthened.
The Sammy D Foundation, through its practical programs and mentoring, is at the vanguard of a cultural shift away from risky behaviours such as bullying, violent behaviour and harassment.
By giving young people the strength to understand that violence is never the answer, our young people can gain the confidence to walk away from harmful situations, particularly during their formative years when peer pressure is a powerful influence.
I look forward to engaging with the Foundation as it fulfils its mission of shaping lives and changing futures."
Matthew Nicks - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Adelaide Football Club Coach
“The work the foundation does in the community is second to none and stamping out violence in sports at any level is something that is incredibly close to my heart, and I am looking forward to being able to contribute.”
Ollie Wines - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Port Adelaide Football Club Midfielder
“Violence in our community is a huge issue and bigger than any one sporting team; it’s something everybody needs to get behind in a united front and I can’t wait to start this work,”
Isabella Vincent - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Australian Paralympic Swimmer
Mickey O'Brien - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Senior Kaurna Man
Aboriginal Practice Manager | Relationship Australia SA
Bruce Djité - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Adelaide United and Socceroos player (former)
Steph Morton - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Alex Rokobaro - Sammy D Champion
Fijian/Australian Rugby Union Player (former)
Sam Jacobs - Sammy D Champion | 2018 - current
Former AFL Ruckman (Adelaide Crows, GWS Giants)
"The reason I joined the Sammy D Foundation is because I want to play a part in reducing violence in footy and all sports. I also want to help educate and support young people to make the best decisions, not only for themselves, but for their friends too."
Chris McHugh - Sammy D Champion | 2023 - current
Darren Lehmann - Sammy D Champion | 2016 - current
“I support the education and awareness programs that are being rolled out through the schools and community groups as unfortunately I have witnessed the impact of violent behaviour and I don’t want anyone to have to experience that. I always look forward to seeing how the Sammy D Foundation continues to educate our kids"
Sasha Glasgow - Sammy D Champion | 2019 - current
West Coast Fever - Netball Australia
“I am excited to be a part of a charity that wants to provide kids with a safe space to teach them about the effects and consequences of bullying, something I wish I had a lot more of growing up to help me through high school.”