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Chargers Players Lacing Up for My Cause, My Cleats


This season, nearly 40 Chargers will lace up for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats initiative when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Created in 2016, My Cause, My Cleats gives players the opportunity to wear custom-designed cleats displaying causes important to them.

Uchenna Nwosu will don light blue cleats to honor the Children's Diabetes Foundation. It's a cause that really hits home for him.

"My mom, Amarachi, is affected by diabetes," Nwosu explained. "I wanted to wear these cleats and raise awareness for people who went through the same thing she went through or are still going through the same thing she went through."

Nwosu said his mom broke the news about her diagnosis to him last year. He described his mom as someone who means everything to him, and upon hearing the news, he wasn't sure how to handle it. However, the good news is that Amarachi is currently doing well.

"I was very sad and confused and didn't know too much about (the disease)," he said. "I didn't know if she was going to be okay or what was wrong. But now, she's doing fine. She told me not to worry about it."

As a rookie, this is Nwosu's first time participating in the initiative. But it's one he's excited about as he gets to showcase his individuality on the field while supporting something near and dear to his heart.

"I'm very excited to go out there and support (a cause) that means a lot to my family and me. It's going to be a very special moment. It's pretty cool to be able to go out there and wear a different (kind) of cleat. To be able to wear something that you think is cool and represents something important to you is pretty dope."

After the game, select Chargers cleats will be available for bidding on NFL Auctions. 100-percent of the proceeds will benefit the players' charitable causes.

Below is a full list of each player and the cause/nonprofit they're supporting. For more information, visit

Player Cause/Nonprofit
Jahleel Addae Susan G. Komen
Travis Benjamin Susan G. Komen
Joey Bosa More Than 4
Dylan Cantrell Project Purple
Sean Culkin National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Nick Dzubnar 17 Strong Foundation
Kyle Emanuel Bison Football Players Association
Brandon Facyson Uterine Cancer Awareness
Dan Feeney National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Antonio Gates Lupus Foundation of America
Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon’s Beyond the Flash Foundation
Virgil Green Green Family Foundation
Melvin Ingram Melvin Ingram's Mission Possible Foundation
Derwin James Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Rayshawn Jenkins National Alliance for Mental Illness
Cardale Jones Bob Hope USO
Desmond King Sickle Cell Anemia
Forrest Lamp Alcoholism Awareness
Chris Landrum Project Purple
Corey Liuget American Heart Association
Detrez Newsome National Down Syndrome Society
Uchenna Nwosu Children's Diabetes Foundation
Russell Okung Greater Foundation
Andre Patton Project Purple
Adrian Phillips American Diabetes Association
Darius Philon Mental Health Awareness
Mike Pouncey Team Pouncey
Hayes Pullard Women Like Us
Scott Quessenberry Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Jeff Richards Jeff Richards Jr. Foundation
Isaac Rochell #SeeYouOnSunday
Michael Schofield Jane's Warriors
Trent Scott NFL Player Care Foundation
Geno Smith BLOOM Initiative
Damion Square Childhood Obesity Awareness
Cole Toner Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Mike Windt Alex's Lemonade Stand

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