For the second straight year, NFL players will showcase special cleats for Week 13 as part of the league's "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative. More than 500 athletes from the 32 NFL teams will sport different cleats representing their chosen causes, according to an NFL press release.
The selected causes range from Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate supporting Tampa's Lighthouse for the Blind with cleats featuring Braille, to 49ers safety Eric Reid and Titans receiver Rishard Matthews supporting Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Campaign.
Repping @leukemialymphomasociety on My Cleats this weekend for #MyCauseMyCleats. Supporting My Boy Will who's Apart Of Our Wonderful training Staff and His Beautiful daughter Charlotte fighting leukemia and My Brother/Agent Big Ben Sister Jacquelin who is fighting lymphoma, also a HUGE❗️ S/o To My Boy @dejesuscustomfootwear for Bringing this Idea To Life for Me, I Greatly appreciate It Bro🙏🏾 @chicagobears
— Alex Erickson (@ericksona86) November 28, 2017
Several Broncos players will wear cleats this weekend made for their particular charitable causes, including these two sets by linebacker Von Miller -- for Von's Vision.
Broncos running back Jamaal Charles will wear cleats designed to recognize Special Olympics -- "I can't wait to put them on on Sunday."
Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko's said his cleats were created to recognize "Save the Children." He added "I put Syria on there because my wife is from Syria." And as he often does Peko said "much love everyone."
These sneakers to raise awareness for organ donation will be worn Sunday by Broncos assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville.
DeShone Kizer will join the My Cause My Cleats effort Sunday by wearing cleats that promote The Andrew Weisher Foundation, which fights pediatric cancer. Weishar is the older brother of Nic Weishar, Kizer's teammate at Notre Dame. Andrew Weishar died of cancer at the age of 21 in 2012.
OT Spencer Drango, who has found ways to deal with dyslexia, will wear cleats for The Dyeslexia Foundation Sunday for My Cause My Cleats.
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate shows off his cleats honoring Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. They have Braille on them! Brate got involved with the organization thanks to teammate and roommate Ryan Griffin, who has two family friends that lost their sight.
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate told me that when he and Ryan Griffin volunteer with children at Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, they play games blindfolded. "It really humbles you," Brate said. "They will kick the heck out of you in those games. I guess you don't realize how much you rely on your vision until you don't have it."
Here is a look at the cleats Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith will wear Sunday for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign. He is supporting Autism Speaks. You can see the name "Aiden," on them. That's his nephew.
These are cleats that Bucs defensive end William Gholston will wear Sunday to bring awareness for what's happening in his home state of Michigan. You can see the words "Flint" near the ankle and "clean water" printed multiple times underneath.
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is honoring a non-profit organization called "The Life of a Single Mom." And as you can see, his cleats have superheroes on them. "I chose the superhero theme because I personally believe that all single parents -- mothers and fathers -- are superheroes.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 29, 2017
— Drew Stanton (@drewstanton) November 28, 2017
Excited to unveil my custom-designed lupus awareness cleats that I'll wear this Sunday to support @lupusorg and to pay tribute to my sister Pam. Read about #MyCauseMyCleats story and check out more pics here: https://t.co/czSkNVMURY pic.twitter.com/ceGruMrap1
— Antonio Gates (@AntonioGates85) November 28, 2017
— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) November 29, 2017
Chiefs CB Marcus Peters is scheduled to wear the cleat on the left Sunday against the Jets. His shoes honor the 1st Family Foundation in his hometown of Oakland. The shoe on the left would have been worn by safety Eric Berry, who is out for the season with an Achilles tear. Violet is the color for Hodgkin lymphoma, the type of cancer Berry once had.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce will wear cleats on Sunday against the Jets honoring Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City organization that provides for underprivileged children and their families.
— 2nd & 7 Foundation (@secondandseven) November 28, 2017
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 29, 2017
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 29, 2017
"I'll be wearing these @RISEtoWIN gold #SidelineRacism cleats this Sunday on @SNFonNBC for #MyCauseMyCleats to promote racial equality and speak out against discrimination and harassment of any kind. It's the gold standard to treat everyone with respect and dignity. @philadelphiaeagles @teamgraham55
This year for #MyCauseMyCleats I'll be highlighting the work I've been doing with the Players Coalition on Social Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. My cleats were designed by the 6th grade class at @songs.of.the.children Jubilee School. I asked them what Justice and Equality looked like to them,what they gave me back was amazing. "Justice has its roots in equality " ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 #PlayersCoalition #Justice #Equality @nfl @philadelphiaeagles @illustrative_cre8ions
— SocialWorks (@SocialWorks_Chi) November 29, 2017
Check out #mycausemycleats for this Sunday's game. At an early age I lost my mother and realized the impact it had not only on me but also the rest of my family. More than 4 in 10 cancer deaths are preventable. I have partnered with @americancancersociety to help bring awareness and will donate these cleats following the game!
Today is #UnboxingDay for #MyCauseMyCleats
This weekend, I will be representing @WorldVisionUSA to shine a light on our work to end hunger, to provide clean water access, and to serve children and people in need, globally. #No1Hungry #CleanWaterAccess pic.twitter.com/EdwB5FuceF
— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) November 28, 2017
Honored to represent the @teamjackfoundation this weekend for #mycausemycleats Pediatric Brain Cancer is the number 1 child killing cancer in America. I stand with many others in the fight against this disease. This weekend is for my little guardian angel DJ, I live each day with the same smile I was so bless to see grace your face 💜. #RIPDJ #WROH
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) November 30, 2017
A lot of kids experience being bullied; with #MyCauseMyCleats I want to raise more awareness on this issue. I'm asking you all to join me in putting an end to bullying!#GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/JsXpjysPQU
— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) November 28, 2017
For #MyCauseMyCleats I am raising awareness for prostate cancer and honoring my late Grandfather who suffered from it🙏🏽🙏🏽. Special thanks to @sneaker_replay for bringing my vision to life🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/K7P5XWZnNV
— Chris Manhertz (@C_Manhertz) November 28, 2017
Patriots LT Nate Solder shows reporters his footwear for this weekend's "My Cleats, My Cause" NFL initiative.
A look at Derek Carr's kicks for the My Cause My Cleats initiative, paying tribute to his college town of Fresno and Valley Children's hospital, where Carr's son Dallas, whose name is also on the cleats, underwent numerous lifesaving intestinal surgeries.
The boy on the left has access to a clean, sustainable water source thanks to @WaterboysORG and their ongoing efforts in East Africa.
He personally and masterfully designed my cleats for #MyCauseMyCleats
Join me and my fellow #WaterBoys and help us change the world. pic.twitter.com/F2vBRxlU4Z
— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) November 29, 2017
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 29, 2017
Rams DT Aaron Donald is supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation for the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign. He surprised a boy from Texas who is a big Rams fan with tickets and field passes for the Dec. 31 regular-season finale. Donald will sign these cleats and gift them to him.
Rams RB Todd Gurley is supporting Shriners Hospital, which cares mostly for children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions and burn injuries. He's been drawn to their work since playing in the East-West Shrine Game.
Jared Goff's "My Cleats, My Cause" are in support of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, which raises money for sarcoma research and conducts education and advocacy efforts for sarcoma patients.
Proud to be wearing #MyCauseMyCleats repping the @faithmotivated foundation! 4 every kid that was told no to their dreams. Allow me to be living Proof that with God Anything is Possible!! The Faith Motivated Foundation seeks to provide youth with encouragement to set and ultimately achieve their goals. While also educating, and modeling how to live a healthy lifestyle, by motivating through Christ. It creates various events in communities across the U.S in order to enhance awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically, through educational and athletic activity. @ravens @nfl #faithmotivated #GNMW #WHYNOTYOU #MyCauseMyCleats
#MyCauseMyCleats I'll be repping for my charity #MakingFaces who primarily works with kids with facial differences. This for me is truly special, growing up as a kid with a facial difference was not easy. I had amazing family support, but I still wish an organization like Making Faces was around for further support. If you want to help our cause, donations at www.makingfaces.ca would be greatly appreciated. Donations go to us hosting free workshops around North America for kids with facial differences. Thanks to @pappionartistry for the amazing creation 🔥🔥🔥 #bethechange
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 28, 2017
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) November 29, 2017
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) November 29, 2017
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is supporting the National League of POW/MIA Families during the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats week. He said a while back that he was inspired to do so by watching a documentary on the Vietnam War. The photo of his cleats is courtesy of the Seahawks.
For ‘My Cause My Cleats' week, Steelers Le'Veon Bell and Alejandro fro Villanueva will wear Call of Duty cleats customized by Activison and Kickasso. The Call of Duty endowment helps veterans find high-quality careers through job-market support groups. (Photo by Ray Polanco Jr.)
T.J. Watt's cleats tackle youth sports and the ‘pay-to-play' problem that Watt believes is unfair.
I am representing @realmofcaring for this week's #mycausemycleats. They help people, primarily children, gain access and education to medical cannabis for a wide array of medical issues. The work they are doing is much needed and I'm glad to be apart of their mission. #mycausemycleats #reimaginecannabis
#MyCauseMy Cleats shoutout to my guy @solesbysir for getting my cleats right! My cleats represent our devotion to improve our inner city youth's future by helping kids maintain healthy balancing between athletics, academics in the Texas and Nashville area. #BrianOrakpoFoundation pic.twitter.com/CqL3CsuNiw
— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) November 28, 2017
I dont have a foundation so i have chosen to support my brother @kaepernick7 foundation @yourrightscamp for #MyCauseMyCleats He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring true everyday issues to light. Please follow the page & go to the website to learn more. We Should ALL Know Our Rights & Be Able to Express Them Freely. Thanks again @solesbysir you continue to impress ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
Honored to represent @starkeycares and @UMNHealth this year for #mycausemycleats week! These two organizations are near and dear to our hearts as they not only change lives here in the twin cities, but all around the world! 👨🏼🎨:@mache275 pic.twitter.com/hXZRkV2W0a
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) November 28, 2017
Like Tennessee WR Rishard Matthews, 49ers S Eric Reid will also wear cleats Sunday supporting Colin Kaepernick and the "Know Your Rights" camp. "I have been to two out of the three of his camps and it’s just a powerful experience," Reid said. "The things that he does for these kids in these under-resourced communities, the feedback that he gets from them, the knowledge that he is giving to them that they don’t learn in school, it’s just instrumental. These are the things that we need to be doing in the community. I don’t know why Colin is being condemned for that but he’s stayed strong. He’s going to keep pushing forward and doing that and I’m going to keep supporting him."
— 10 Books A Home (@10booksahome) November 29, 2017