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Tampa Bay Buccaneers “My Cause, My Cleats”

TAMPA, Fla. – This week, more than 50 players and staff from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will participate in the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign, a league-wide initiative that offers players the opportunity to promote charitable causes that are important to them through creative cleat designs. When the Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, the players will showcase a wide variety of colors and designs supporting nearly 50 different charitable organizations throughout the country.

Participating Buccaneers will view their cleats for the very first time during today’s open locker room media availability, beginning at noon at AdventHealth Training Center.

For this year’s campaign, numerous Buccaneers collaborated with children and representatives from their respective non-profit organization to help design their one-of-a-kind cleats. Linebacker Lavonte David, a National Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, collaborated with a “Big” and “Little” pair from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay to design his custom cleats. Wide receiver Chris Godwin teamed up with his long-time Best Buddy, Hayden, to create cleats that inspire them both. As a high school student, Chris met Hayden as part of the Best Buddies International friendship program and the pair have maintained their friendship over the years. Hayden will receive the game-worn cleats from Godwin as a keepsake

 

“I was able to build a lifelong friendship through Best Buddies and want to encourage others to get involved and form meaningful connections with those who have intellectual disabilities,” says Godwin.

 

On Sunday, Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter will be wearing specially-designed sneakers to raise awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which Koetter has pledged $5,000. Also supporting causes in which they are passionate about are General Manager Jason Licht, Director of Player Personnel John Spytek and Director of Football Administration Mike Greenberg, who will be sporting sneakers in support of the National CMV Foundation. Spytek co-founded the National CMV Foundation with his wife, Kristen, in honor of their daughter, Evelyn Grace, who passed away from CMV in 2014. Offensive linemen Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa will also be wearing cleats to raise awareness of CMV.

 

Beginning this week, players will start sharing images and the stories behind their custom designs using the hashtag #MyCauseMyCleats. Fans may visit the team’s website at Buccaneers.com/MyCauseMyCleats for exclusive My Cause, My Cleats images and videos, with new content being added each day leading up to Sunday’s game.

 

Below is a list of each Buccaneers player that is participating in the campaign:

 

PLAYER                                              ORGANIZATION NAME

Adams, Andrew

Moffitt Cancer Center

Alexander, Kwon

Kwon Alexander Foundation

Allen, Beau

The Chris Long Foundation

Anger, Bryan

Bryan Anger’s Project Restoration Foundation

Auclair, Antony

Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Barber, Peyton

Starting Right, Now

Benenoch, Caleb

Warrick Dunn Charities

Brate, Cameron

Special Olympics

Cappa, Alex

National CMV Foundation

Cichy, Jack

Alzheimer’s Association

Conte, Chris

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Cross, Alan

Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Curry, Vinny

Vinny Curry’s Rush2Victory Foundation

David, Lavonte

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Davis, Carlton

Safe and Sound

Elliot, Javien

The Heart of Cager Foundation

Evans, Justin

Metropolitan Ministries

Evans, Mike

Mike Evans Family Foundation

Fitzpatrick, Ryan

National Compassion Fund

Gholston, Will

Champions for Children

Godwin, Chris

Best Buddies

Griffin, Ryan

The C4 Foundation

Hargreaves, Vernon

Wounded Warrior Project

Harris, Demone

Gerald McCoy’s Patricia Diane Foundation

Howard, O.J.

O.J.’s Got Da Juice Foundation

Hudson, Tanner

After-School All-Stars

Humphries, Adam

Operation GROGL (Get Right or Get Left)

Jackson, DeSean

DeSean Jackson Foundation

Jensen, Ryan

Show Your Soft Side

Johnson, Isaiah

Humane Society of the United States

Jones, Ronald

American Heart Association/Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

Liedtke, Michael

American Hearing Research Foundation

Lynch, Cameron

Uplifting Athletes – Syracuse University

Marpet, Ali

National CMV Foundation

McCoy, Gerald

Gerald McCoy’s Patricia Diane Foundation

Nassib, Carl

Penn State THON

Nuñez-Roches, Rakeem

Starting Right, Now

Ogunbowale, Dare

Special Olympics

Pierre-Paul, Jason

Children’s Burn Foundation

Rodgers, Jacquizz

Epilepsy Foundation

Sanborn, Garrison

Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

Smith, Donovan

Autism Speaks

Smith, Evan

Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

Smith, Ryan

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

Stewart, M.J.

Epilepsy Foundation

Vea, Vita

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation

Watson, Justin

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Wester, Leonard

Samaritan’s Purse

Whitehead, Jordan

American Cancer Society

Wilson, Bobo

The Spring of Tampa Bay

Winston, Jameis

Jameis Winston’s Dream Forever Foundation / JDRF

 

For games during Weeks 13-15, each NFL team will designate one home game as their My Cause, My Cleats game. More than 800 players throughout the NFL are planning to showcase their causes on-field during My Cause, My Cleats games. The themes players have chosen represent hundreds of different charitable organizations, from ones that focus on bullying prevention to those that work with autistic youth to those that showcase military appreciation.

To help produce this year’s cleats, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked predominantly with local artist Jason Hulfish as well as Miami-based SolesbySir and Joe V Designs out of Ludlow, MA.

NFL players have the opportunity to raise funds for the causes of their choosing by auctioning their cleats at NFL Auction; 100% of funds raised will be donated to charities selected by players. Fans may bid on game-issued player cleats at NFL.com/Auction and help players raise funds for their chosen causes. In addition, fans can visit www.nfl.com/mycausemycleats to learn more about each player’s chosen cause.

 

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