NFL Players Raise Money for Charities
Summary: The #MyCauseMyCleats campaign completed a successful third year. Players raised awareness and raised money for their favorite shoe artists and charities. We wanted to honor the National Football League players and the charities that they supported.
#MyCauseMyCleats Started in 2016
National Football League players are required to wear uniform most of the year. Customized cleats need to be approved by game officials before players take to the field.
However, since 2016, in weeks 13 to 15 of playoffs, players are encouraged to support their local charities via custom designed cleats. In 2018 more than 700 players participated in #MyCauseMyCleats
A full list of the participating players is available here.
Custom Cleats for Charity
NFL players show their love for the game by raising awareness for their favorite charities through custom cleats. Charities include: American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Hospital for Sick Children, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club, and the Alzheimer's Association.
"The philanthropic passions of NFL players come to life in incredible ways all year long," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We are proud to expand our efforts to highlight the extraordinary impact of NFL players and teams in communities across the country."
Below, players showcase their stories using the hashtag #mycausemycleats
#MyCauseMyCleats @bbbsamerica I believe that’s it’s extremely important to invest in the future and mentor our youth! I’m honored to wear these cleats today and hope you can join this cause as well! #GameDay #LARams #SNF pic.twitter.com/1hrJhdfaDf— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) December 16, 2018
Dak Prescott's #MyCauseMyCleats were made by artist Kendrell Daniels, who was born with no arms. He is one of the many inspirations behind @dak's @FFFfoundation4.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 7, 2018
To learn more, be involved and donate, visit → https://t.co/LvB7rVdALO pic.twitter.com/1MBxq9XStk
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT: Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) with his "My Cause, My Cleats" before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris)
BE KIND: Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap wears his specialty cleats for the My Cause My Cleats program during practice before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
The cleats are worn on game day between weeks 13 to 15 in the NFL, and auctioned off to the highest bidder on NFL's website.
According to the NFL, "all proceeds benefit charities identified by the specific player associated with the cleats, the NFL does not profit from the auction of these cleats."
Curious about how the pigskin football is made? To learn how the NFL makes its pigskins click here.
If you're a custom shoe designer, we want to hear from you! We sponsor shoe artists with paint and other supplies. Read more about how you can get in the game and be sponsored by Leather Care Supply here.
- Alex Pop