Redskins, Ravens players unveil creative footwear dedicated to My Cause, My Cleats

Redskins, Ravens players unveil creative footwear dedicated to My Cause, My Cleats originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

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.

Ravens:

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.

Tight end Maxx Williams has picked the Diabetes Research Institute as his cause this season.

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.

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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."

The Ravens will wear these cleats Sunday, December 2 when they visit the Falcons.

Redskins:

Quarterback Colt McCoy will be showcasing cleats designed by local students to support Redskins Read, an initiative from the Redskins Charitable Foundation.

Adrian Peterson is auctioning off his cleats aimed at bullying prevention, also in support of the Redskins Charitable Foundation.

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."

Jamison Crowder selected the National Down Syndrome Society in support of his brother, Jamaris Crowder. He is 15 and has non-verbal Down Syndrome.

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.

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.

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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