LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – Select Washington Redskins players will auction customized cleats to support the charity of their choosing via the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation as part of the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative. Cleats will be unveiled throughout the week, and fans can learn more about their passions beyond the game and the stories that inspired their cleat designs as well as how to bid on their cleats at www.Redskins.com/MyCauseMyCleats. Bidding is now open online and will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. All proceeds will benefit the charity featured on the player's cleats.
This is the third year of the "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative, which allows players to customize their cleats to raise awareness for the charities they support. The Redskins will showcase their cleats at FedExField when they face the Giants on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. Cleats will continue to be added to the silent auction page leading up to the Redskins My Cause, My Cleats game.
"We are thrilled to help our players raise awareness and funding for their causes through the 'My Cause, My Cleats' initiative," said Jane Rodgers, Executive Director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. "This auction will provide fans with a one-stop shop to view the cleats and place a bid to show their support."
Select players' game-worn cleats from the Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants game at FedExField on Dec. 9 will be autographed postgame and auctioned off in support of each player's chosen non-profit organization (below). Nearly 30 Redskins players are expected to participate in the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation online auction including Ryan Anderson, Tony Bergstrom, Kapri Bibbs, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jamison Crowder, Vernon Davis, Josh Doctson, Deshazor Everett, Mason Foster, Dustin Hopkins, Austin Howard, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, Colt McCoy, Fabian Moreau, Montae Nicholson, Josh Norman, Daron Payne, Samaje Perine, Adrian Peterson, Preston Smith, Nick Sundberg, D.J. Swearinger Sr., Chris Thompson, Zach Vigil and Tress Way.
Ryan Anderson and Matt Ioannidis will focus their support on raising awareness for Show Your Soft Side whose mission is to end animal abuse. "I'm big into animals; I've got dogs myself," said Ioannidis. "I thought this was a perfect opportunity to spread awareness."
Kapri Bibbs will use his cleats to support kids in Chicago's inner city via his own Keep Letting Them Believe organization. "We provide kids with back-to-school equipment and back-to-school clothes and gifts during the holidays," said Bibbs. "I want to be a great influence in my city who people can look at and know you can make it out and actually fulfill your dreams."
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will support his own Ha Ha's HERO Foundation, which provides under privileged students with a voice of motivation, empowerment and encouragement so they can be Heroes by achieving academic excellence, developing positive personal skills and making positive decisions.
Jamison Crowder will use his cleats to support the National Down Syndrome Society and his brother who suffers from Down Syndrome.
Vernon Davis will focus his support on promoting art education and appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds through his own Vernon Davis Foundation of the Arts. "It's been great to interact with some of the kids in the area and just inspire them to do better and to think outside the box with all their heart," said Davis.
Josh Doctson and Samaje Perine will support the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation's Redskins FITT health and wellness initiative. The program works to empower and assist middle school kids in the development of their personal fitness goals and is comprised of three (3) key elements: the FITTbook, in-school workshops and instructional online videos, and currently impacts nearly 10,000 students in our community.
Deshazor Everett will use his cleats to raise awareness for the American Diabetes Association in an effort to support his mother and other family members who have diabetes.
Mason Foster will use his cleats to support Students With A Goal (S.W.A.G.), which is an after school program designed to uplift youth by implementing life skills, educating them and motivating them to be the best they can be in their communities.
Austin Howard will focus his support on raising awareness for Lupus research and education through the Lupus Foundation of America.
Ryan Kerrigan will support his own Blitz for the Better Foundation to help children suffering from chronic illnesses, focusing specifically on Kerrigan's Korners in 2018. Kerrigan's Korner's provides patients and their family members access to electronics during hospital stays. "We've got quite a few now and it really is such a novel concept," said Kerrigan. "It really means a lot to the families and the kids because it takes their minds off being in the hospital."
Colt McCoy will use his cleats to support the Redskins Charitable Foundation's Redskins Read Program, currently operating in 180 elementary schools with more than 34,000 participating fourth and fifth graders. In an effort to make reading more fun for elementary students, the program centers around the Redskins Read Playbook, an in-school learning tool with monthly prompts for students to analyze a book(s) of their choice, monthly reading incentives, events and more. McCoy recently went to Guilford Elementary School to have students there assist with his cleat design.
Fabian Moreau will support the Alzheimer's Association to honor his grandfather who passed away from Alzheimer's. "This is a tribute to my grandfather, to know that he's always with me no matter what," said Moreau.
Montae Nicholson will use his cleats to raise awareness for the Autism Society and the National Down Syndrome Society in support of his two cousins who suffer from Down Syndrome and Autism. "Hopefully this is just a little bit of how I can show my appreciation to them," said Nicholson. "I hope they realize how much they mean to me."
Josh Norman will focus his support on raising a healthier generation through his Starz24 Foundation, which recently donated $50,000 to the Horry County School District in his home state of South Carolina to assist with relief efforts after Hurricane Florence. "I wanted to address the overwhelming population of young people that need support in living a full, healthy life," Norman said.
Daron Payne and Preston Smith are both using their cleats to continue to raise awareness for breast cancer research and education by supporting The Brem Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating women about risk factors and screening options and providing access to critical diagnostic tests for uninsured women. "It's a good thing to let them know they're not alone in their fight," said Smith. "I had some family members who were affected by it."
Adrian Peterson will support his own A&A Peterson Family Foundation to improve quality of life through resources and economic development with a focus specifically on bully prevention programs in-school. Peterson's cleats were designed with the help of students from Johnson Middle School in Washington, DC, who submitted different ways to end bullying that were then painted on the cleats.
Nick Sundberg, Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins and Tony Bergstrom will support the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation's Loads of Love Program, which helps bring washers and dryers to schools for students experiencing homelessness or an unstable living situation to have laundry completed in school at no cost to them or their families. The goal is to remove a barrier for student attendance and participation in after school programs and sports by providing them a discreet solution to the challenge of having clean clothes. "It's an out of the box solution to a national problem," Sundberg said. "Education is the ladder for kids to escape many issues, including poverty."
D.J. Swearinger Sr. will use his cleats to benefit the National Fibromyalgia Association, working to support people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses. Swearinger said both of his sisters have suffered from fibromyalgia.
Chris Thompson will support The Abby's Army Foundation, dedicated to supporting children and families affected by and fighting pediatric cancer. Two years ago, Thompson received a wristband from the father of a young girl with pediatric brain cancer named Abby and has been connected with the family ever since. Today, she is in remission. "To see the positive and see them happy and just to see they were able to get their baby girl through this, that just meant the world to me," Thompson said.
Zach Vigil will support Miles of Hope Inc., which works to provide immediate assistance for U.S. military veterans and their family members. Eight years ago, Vigil lost his cousin, Miles, to suicide after he served overseas in Afghanistan. In his honor, the Vigils founded Miles of Hope to help veterans battling PTSD and readjusting to civilian life. "You know, part of them is over wherever they served for our country, so I think the sacrifice is a lifelong endeavor," said Vigil.
Kyshoen Jarrett will focus his support on raising awareness for cerebral palsy via the DGC Inspires Foundation. Jarrett serves as a coaching intern for the Redskins and will show his support through the sneakers he will be wearing on the sidelines.
Redskins players relied on a number of different cleat designers and artists for their custom designs for this year's My Cause, My Cleats campaign, including SolesBySir, Bizon Customs, Undefined Arts and Illustrative Cre8ions.
Fans can place their bids online at https://handbid.app.link/RedskinsMyCauseMyCleats. The silent auction is now open and will close on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Cleats will continue to be added to the auction site throughout the next week. For more information on participating players, visit www.Redskins.com/MyCauseMyCleats.