BY: RACHEL HOPMAYER
There will be a little more color on the football field this week - and no, Color Rush is not back.
For the third year in a row, Week 13 has been dedicated to the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign where players don custom cleats representing their charitable causes of choice. Players can rock pre-approved cleat artwork for designated home games during Weeks 13-15.
You can follow the movement online under the hashtag #MyCauseMyCleats. We have compiled everything there is to know about what the Redskins and Ravens players are promoting on their feet this Sunday.
Free safety Eric Weddle is representing Hayes Tough, a childhood cancer foundation providing financial support for families of patients. Hayes Tough was founded by the family of Hayes Tate, a premature triplet diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma.
It will be my honor to represent Hayes and the @HayesTough_org this Sunday at ATL. The foundation provides financial support and hope to children with cancer. Hayes legacy will live on!!! https://t.co/gufyrFGFD9 pic.twitter.com/zQAZ4p5Wj7
— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) November 28, 2018
Tight end Maxx Williams has picked the Diabetes Research Institute as his cause this season.
As part of the NFL's #MyCauseMyCleats, Baltimore Ravens @williams_maxx has selected the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation as his charity! We can't wait to see the awesome design of his cleats that will highlight the need for a diabetes cure. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/dvdmEp3yQV
— Diabetes Research Institute (@Diabetes_DRI) November 27, 2018
Alex Lewis and Nick Boyle are supporting BARCS Baltimore in their fight to end animal abuse. The nonprofit shelter is also giving away tickets to the next Ravens home game (Dec. 16 vs. the Buccaneers) alongside the campaign.
The #TeamSoftSide Giveaway is here! Both Alex Lewis and Nick Boyle of the Baltimore Ravens are joining the fight to end...
Defensive tackle Michael Pierce is supporting Israel Collective. The group is a branch of Christians United for Israel, which he says has been "life changing" for him, and "having the Israel flag front and center was paramount."
This Years #MyCauseMyCleats Holds Special Meaning To Me @israelcollective Gave Me Amazing Perspective Changing Opportunity To Travel To Isreal And Learn So Much About The Holy Land! Big Thanks To @gioxclusive For The Crazy Art Work!
Full Video Link In Bio! pic.twitter.com/Wwz6vEjkIK
— Michael Pierce (@mikepierce_97) November 28, 2018
The Ravens will wear these cleats Sunday, December 2 when they visit the Falcons.
Quarterback Colt McCoy will be showcasing cleats designed by local students to support Redskins Read, an initiative from the Redskins Charitable Foundation.
.@ColtMcCoy had some special helpers work on the design for his #MyCauseMyCleats initiative, Redskins Read.
Special thanks to @PapaJohns_DMV for reminding us that we're #BetterTogether. pic.twitter.com/qctYMCXf95
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 27, 2018
Adrian Peterson is auctioning off his cleats aimed at bullying prevention, also in support of the Redskins Charitable Foundation.
#Redskins RB @AdrianPeterson is taking a stand against bullying and helping to make schools a safer & more inclusive environment!
Bid now in our #MyCauseMyCleats auction to support his foundation ➡️ https://t.co/T71yo2AMpz pic.twitter.com/I8G3Z7DVI4
— Redskins Community (@RedskinsCR) November 30, 2018
Running back Chris Thompson is promoting Abby's Army NC, which supports children and families fighting pediatric cancer. Thompson met Abby's father two years ago when Abby was facing pediatric brain cancer. She is now in remission and her family created Abby's Army NC to help other families in their position and "allow every child diagnosed with cancer to continue being a child."
— Abby's Army (@AbbysArmyNC) November 27, 2018
Jamison Crowder selected the National Down Syndrome Society in support of his brother, Jamaris Crowder. He is 15 and has non-verbal Down Syndrome.
Jamison Crowder knows first hand the challenges of having a family member with Down Syndrome. On Dec. 9 against the Giants, Crowder will celebrate his brother and raise funds for @NDSS by auctioning off his game-worn cleats.#MyCauseMyCleats pic.twitter.com/PqCLngrPzv
Ryan Anderson is promoting that "compassion towards animals is a sign of strength, not weakness" with Show Your Soft Side, a public service campaign based in Baltimore.
The @Redskins @_ryananderson22 does dogs and cats proud. Thank you on behalf of animals everywhere for showing the world that you can be tough and still have a soft side. #MyCauseMyCleats #teamsoftside 🐶🐱 pic.twitter.com/fEhdxABYYO
— Soft Side (@SoftSide1) November 30, 2018
Zach Vigil is honoring veterans with PTSD through the nonprofit Miles of Hope, which his family founded when Zach's cousin, Miles committed suicide after serving in Afghanistan.
"For his life to be cut so short was really hard for us."
Eight years ago this month, Zach Vigil lost his cousin, Miles, to suicide after serving in Afghanistan. In his honor, the Vigils founded Miles Of Hope to help veterans battle PTSD.#MyCauseMyCleats | #RedskinsSaluteWeek pic.twitter.com/TXfMkxoWou
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 2, 2018
Dustin Hopkins and Tress Way are joining Nick Sundberg in the Redskins Charitable Foundation program he started last year, Loads of Love, which focuses on improving attendance rates in school by making sure students have clean clothes.
Cornerback Josh Norman's cleats star his own nonprofit, Starz24. Norman wants to raise money to raising healthier youth.
Montae Nicholson is raising awareness for Down Syndrome and autism; Nicholson has two younger cousins affected by the disorders.
Running back Samaje Perine is representing Redskins FITT, part of the Redskins Charitable Initiative. Perine believes in championing the importance of kids getting active outside daily.
Tight end Vernon Davis is sports his own foundation, Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, on his cleats to "promote art education and appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds."
The Redskins will wear these cleats when they host the Giants on December 9.
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