Hazem El Masri has been announced as a NRL Community Engagement Officer along other recently retired NRL greats Petero Civoniceva and Nathan Hindmarsh.

The announcement was made at the NRL’s Harmony Gala Day for 150 migrant children of Middle Eastern, Pacific, African and South-east Asian background at Lidcombe Oval. The Harmony Gala Day is the culmination of a six-week Rugby League program which focuses on developing social cohesion through sport.

NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said the trio would start official duties as NRL Community Engagement Officers on Monday (19/11/12), working on game development, community development and welfare in key communities across Rugby League.

Hazem will be based in Sydney, being heavily focused on multicultural and new migrant programs.

“Rugby League allowed me to achieve things I never thought possible, so I am really grateful to get the chance to use the game and my position to inspire and motivate people to achieve their goals in life, whatever they may be,” Hazem said.