Gig Buddies to cheer Sharks on Saturday
In a furthering of their partnership with Gig Buddies, the Sharks will have at least 20 special fans cheering them on in their finals clash with the Roosters on Saturday.
In providing complimentary tickets to the big game this weekend, the Sharks will have some extra support from their 20 'Sharks Buddies' for the game that could see them progress to within one win of the 2018 Grand Final.
Gig Buddies is an organisation that pairs up people with disability with volunteers to attend gigs, shows and various events. The initiative currently has 150 registered clients and 325 volunteers.
Sharks Buddies is an add on to Gig Buddies which has seen clients and volunteers cheer on the Sharks in games played at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
The aim of the program, the first of its kind, is to empower people with disability through rugby league.
The 'Sharks Buddies' attended four home games and one away fixture during 2018, with the Sharks winning four of the five matches, making them good luck charms for the Cronulla boys this season.
Sharks Buddies were the community gameday partner, with 50 comp tickets provided for the game against Manly earlier this year, with 167 in total from gig buddies attending the five games this season.
They also attended a training session, meeting the NRL squad while also getting photos and autographs, while 10 Sharks Buddies were treated to a Jet Ski ride with Coach Shane Flanagan last December.
As a charity partner, the Sharks are supporting Gig Buddies in forming the Sharks Buddies program.
The partnership and the program in general allows people with disability the opportunity to watch NRL games and to cheer on their favourite teams and players.