A proud Adnyamathanha man, Adam is known for his leadership within the Indigenous community.
In 2009, Adam set up The Goodes-O’Loughlin Foundation with former Sydney Swans teammate Michael O’Loughlin. The GO Foundation’s vision is to create a brighter future for Indigenous children through education.
In 2014, he was named the Australian of the Year, recognising his community work and advocacy in the fight against racism, and empowering the next generation of Indigenous Australians. In 2016, he co-founded the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC) that provides education, skill training and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians to support large defence and infrastructure projects.
He holds an elite place in Australian Football League’s history as a dual AFL Brownlow Medallist and premiership player for the Sydney Swans, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative in the International Rules Series. He announced his retirement from AFL in September 2015, leaving the field as the Swans’ games record holder on 372, and one of the most decorated players of all time.
Adam is also co-author of the award-winning Welcome To Our Country picture books series, which are written for young children and their families, introducing First Nations history to a broader audience.