When the Buffalo Bills take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, fans will get to see their favorite players wearing some pretty sweet cleats as well. During Week 14 of the NFL season, hundreds of players will be showcasing customized cleats that represent causes close to their hearts as part of the My Cause My Cleats campaign.
Several members of the Buffalo Bills have taken to social media to show off the special cleats that they’ll be wearing on Sunday and give some background on their causes.
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander’s ACES Foundation states that their vision is “implementing collaborative programs to help youth realize their value and are capable of achieving their ambitions and dreams” and he will be sporting his cleats to represent them:
There are so many people I’m thankful for and without their sacrifice, wisdom & Love wouldn’t be who I am today. Their impact is priceless so I honor them by serving others through the @aces_foundation #MyCauseMyCleats pic.twitter.com/jgkYYmErDU— Lorenzo Alexander (@onemangang97) December 4, 2019
Second-year quarterback Josh Allen will be rocking cool green cleats for Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York. The hospital was the first in New York State to establish a hospital-based Cerebral Palsy Clinic and is the only freestanding hospital in the state.
His cleats were designed by Charlie and Clayton, two teens who received care at the hospital for spinal and brain injuries. Both boys have fully recovered and incorporated the colors for spinal and brain injuries into the shoes.
Backup quarterback Matt Barkley chose to represent the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Sunday. Their mission statement is “To lead every coach and athlete in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church” and they are based out of Huntington Beach, California.
I'm so excited to be supporting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (@orangecountyfca) for this year's #mycausemycleats!— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) December 4, 2019
And a huge thanks to @solesbysir for creating these custom cleats, they turned out even better than I envisioned! ✌ pic.twitter.com/eVdA4EGrJN
The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will be represented by offensive lineman Ike Boettger. The hospital was founded in 1919 and is Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital. It is also ranked highly by many national entities.
Punter Corey Bojorquez will be wearing his cleats for former Bills punter Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation which serves families in Western New York that are facing pediatric cancer. They provide six different programs that offer financial, emotional and practical support to these families.
We are thankful for our @BuffaloBills friends who bring smiles and bolster spirits in a way that only they can do! Light it up for America today! Your #1 cheering section will be watching! @SnapFlow69 @dawson_knox @LeeSmith @coreybojorquez @machine_marlowe @StephenHauschka pic.twitter.com/2jeRry7qfB— P.U.N.T. Foundation (@PUNTFoundation) November 28, 2019
Long snapper Reid Ferguson’s cleats will be decked out in camo colors for the Veteran’s One-stop Center of WNY. They provide Armed Forces veterans and their families with services and resources to ease the transition from military to civilian life.
Excited to wear these awesome #MyCauseMyCleats this Sunday to represent the Veteran’s One Stop Center (@VOCofWNY) here in Western NY. Thank you to all the service men and women who have served our country in any capacity.— Reid Ferguson (@SnapFlow69) December 6, 2019
.#MyCauseMyCleats #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/gHyqsmTb3N
The SPCA Serving Erie County will be represented by kicker Stephen Hauschka. Their mission is “to create a more humane community through education; rescuing, protecting, and enhancing the lives of animals; and nurturing the bond between animals and people.”
Defensive end Trent Murphy posted pictures of his cleats to Instagram, which were customized to support The Venison Donation Coalition. According to their website, “The Venison Donation Coalition consists of representatives from sportsmen’s clubs, non-profit organizations, regional food banks, local food pantries as well as local, state and federal agencies whose objective is to secure funding for the processing and distribution of venison to families in need.” It is based in New York State.
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I wouldn’t be as bold to say this is the only charity that matters.... but these cleats are and the answer to a problem is right in the backyard. Grab your old man or your kids & get outside this weekend & put some food on someone’s table. Appreciate all the butchers that donate their time and resources! Happy Hunting! #gobills #venisondonationcoalition #venisondonation #wnyhunting
Fuel Up to Play 60, a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, is being represented by defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. The website states that it is the “leading in-school health and wellness program” and it “empowers students and educators to work together to build healthier schools and create healthy, high achieving students.”
Honored to participate in #MyCauseMyCleats and support @FUTP60! A great in-school health and wellness program that helps kids #FuelGreatness in and out of the classroom. Thank you to all the people involved in this great organization! pic.twitter.com/LPDGj2Zogs— Harrison Phillips (@horribleharry99) December 4, 2019
Cornerback Levi Wallace will be supporting the Walk to Defeat ALS, in memory of his late father who suffered from the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Fishing was his father’s favorite hobby and it was incorporated into Wallace’s cleats.
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I am glad to be apart of the NFLs “My cause, my Cleats” initiative, raising awareness, and funds for various causes. Thanks to my Dude @sturgemike with @leftcoastlaced for creating #mycausemycleats for this Sunday’s Game. @walktodefeatals is most important to me because of my Late fathers fight with ALS. His favorite hobby was fishing so We honored his passion on my cleats. These cleats will be auctioned off following this Sunday’s Game by the NFL!✊ 4 My Pops #4mp #nfl #walterwallace
Here are the other Bills players that are participating in this campaign:
- Jordan Poyer
- Micah Hyde
- Corey Liuget
- Jerry Hughes
Make sure to check back as we will update with new posts, pictures, and videos from the players showing off their cleats and talking about their causes.