About Us

Working together to End the Coward Punch and honour the life of Pat Cronin

Pat’s story

Pat will always be 19 years old.

He will never have another birthday, or play another footy game, or finish studying health science and physiotherapy under the scholarship he was awarded.

Pat went out on Saturday 16 April, 2016 for a few quiet drinks with mates after playing his first senior football match alongside his big brother. He wasn’t a fighter, it just wasn’t his scene. But when a brawl started to build outside the pub, being the loyal and caring mate he was, Pat stepped in to pull a friend away. It was then that Pat was punched in the head from behind.

He stayed on his feet, checking all his mates were ok, but soon after he started to develop symptoms, had a seizure and was taken to hospital unconscious. Two days later, we made the agonising decision to turn off his life support.

Pat Cronin Foundation Documentary

Pat Cronin Foundation

Our Mission

The Pat Cronin Foundation provides an optimistic voice and empowering approach to awareness, education and research—working with schools, clubs, community groups and young people to End the Coward Punch.


We can’t achieve our mission without the support of our broader community. Our generous ambassadors use their time, voice and influence to help our message be heard.

Mathew Richo Richardson - Pat Cronin Foundation Ambassador
Sam Switkowski - Pat Cronin Foundation Ambassador
Peter Helliar - Pat Cronin Foundation Ambassador
Craig Huggins - Pat Cronin Foundation Ambassador

The Pat Cronin Foundation team

Our staff, board members and volunteers bring their own unique experiences, skills and talents to the Pat Cronin Foundation but are united in their commitment to honouring Pat’s life and ending the Coward Punch.


The Pat Cronin Foundation symbols represent a strong and enduring connection to Pat, his family, friends and community.

Owl Symbol – Pat Cronin Foundation Presenter
PC12 Symbol – Pat Cronin Foundation Presenter

Partners and supporters

The generous in-kind and financial contributions from our partners and supporters ensure that we can continue delivering education, resources and training to schools and clubs in Victoria and across Australia.

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