Adelaide has continued its commitment to the We Got You campaign, hosting a training session at the Club to mark the start of Reconciliation Week.
We Got You is an athlete-led campaign which aims to bring awareness to the negative impact of the structural racism, spark conversation, set the standard of integrity and encourage action.
The campaign is backed by a number of high-profile Australian athletes including Australian Boomers star and club ambassador Patty Mills and Adelaide AFLW forward Erin Phillips.
Phillips, along with AFL Diversity Talent Manager Pauly Vandenburgh, spoke to the playing group about this year’s Reconciliation Week theme ‘more than a word - reconciliation takes action’ and how it relates to We Got You.
The campaign is made all-the-more personally important to Phillips by family ties through brother-in-law Shawn Burgone.
“Before the campaign, I had started asking him a lot about his background and culture,” Phillips said.
“I wasn’t taught about Indigenous culture at school and it wasn’t until I started asking questions that I realised how much I had to learn and started thinking about how my voice could be part of the conversation.
“When Patty came to me and said we were starting this campaign, I fell in love with it.
“When I used to hear racist things, I would be silent because I wasn’t educated and didn’t know what to say, but now I feel confident to call it out.
“I was so proud when we wore the t-shirts during the AFLW Indigenous Round and it is great to see the whole club continue to show their support for this campaign.”
Adelaide forward Tom Lynch said the group was excited to be involved with We Got You throughout Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
“We Got You is so important to our playing group and it was great to hear from Pauly and Erin about their experience,” Lynch said.
“It is about us as non-Indigenous people throwing our arm around Indigenous people and supporting them through learning and action.
“We are given a great opportunity as players to use our platform to bring attention to important issues and this is a campaign which really resonate with us as a group.
The Crows will wear We Got You t-shirts during the warm-up of their Sir Doug Nicholls Round match in Round 12.