Expect to see some beautiful cleats on Sunday in Week 13 throughout NFL action.
According to NFL.com, “This year a record number of more than 1,000 players will participate, highlighting efforts to help make a difference in communities across the country.
“Out of the total 20.5 percent of players selected social justice causes, 17 percent selected causes related to youth and education while 14 percent of players will support health and wellness-related initiatives.”
Against the New York Giants on Sunday at Lumen Field, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be sporting these cleats designed by Takiyah Ward of T Dub Customs. The cleats have the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Herbert Hightower Jr., and Charleena Lyles, written on the side supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and those who have been lost to police brutality.
His backfield mate running back Chris Carson, who has experienced of temporary homelessness growing up, has decided to sport cleats supporting young adults and teenagers on the path to avoid homelessness.
CHOOSE 180 is a Seattle-based nonprofit that "transforms the lives of youth and young adults by partnering with institutional leaders, connecting them with community, empowering them with choice, and teaching them the skills necessary to avoid engagement with the criminal justice system."
"Just based off of my growing up, we didn't have every opportunity that other people have, so I wanted to give back, and I can relate to a lot of these kids," Carson said. "When my house burned down and having to go from place to place for a while, I knew what it's like not to have a place to stay. So I wanted to give back to kids who are also going through things like that."
"My Cause My Cleats was created out of conversations with NFL players who wanted an opportunity to shed light on causes that mean the most to them," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Season after season I am inspired by the growing number of NFL players that participate in My Cause My Cleats and the causes they represent. Each player has a story to tell and we are grateful for the impact they make in the communities in which they live and work, and society in general."