An early sneak peak at the beginning of the week showed us the special cleats New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be wearing during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. However, the My Cause, My Cleats involves more players. The league-wide initiative involves some 500 players, and there’s 19 other Saints players in addition to Brees that will have specially designed cleats on the field.
“A lot of players have their own foundations, and mission statements attached to the foundations, and it will allow the fans to see and connect with the players and what’s most important to them and the causes. I also think anything that can draw a closer bond to our fan bases and the players and the things that are important to them is great for the league, the teams and the communities,” said Brees in a press release.
Here’s the list of participants, and the cause and charity they are bringing awareness to.
Terron Armstead - Autism Awareness/Autism Speaks
Vonn Bell - Social Justice/Urban League
Drew Brees - Improving the quality of lives for people stricken with cancer/The Brees Dream Foundation
Travaris Cadet - Creating pathways for higher education/Cadet Academic Scholarships
Brandon Coleman - Alzheimer’s Awareness/Alzheimer’s Association
Brandin Cooks - Spiritual Awareness
Justin Drescher - Improving the lives of those in need through support of local causes and organizations in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, with a strong focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives/What You Give Will Grow Foundation.
Coby Fleener - Anti-Human Trafficking/A21
Roman Harper - Youth Development/Harper’s Hope 41 Foundation
Tim Hightower - Human Rights & Law Enforcement/International Justice Mission and Anti-Human Trafficking
Josh Hill - Wounded Military Veterans & Active Military Members/Operation Hat Trick
Mark Ingram - Children Dealing with Incarcerated Parents/The Mark Ingram Foundation
Cameron Jordan - Improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good/United Way
Senio Kelemete - Cancer Awareness/American Cancer Society
Daniel Lasco - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness/National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Tim Lelito - Serving Underprivileged Youth/Lelito’s Legacy Foundation
Thomas Morstead - Improving the lives of those in need through support of local causes and organizations in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, with a strong focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives/What You Give Will Grow Foundation
Willie Snead - Prosthetic Support for Amputees/50 Legs
Darryl Tapp - Serving underprivileged youth/Tapp Family Fund
Landon Turner - Lung Cancer Awareness/American Cancer Society
Kenny Vaccaro - Education & Literacy/The Kenny Vaccaro Foundation