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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

Jahleel AddaeSusan G. Komen
Travis BenjaminSusan G. Komen
Joey BosaMore Than 4
Dylan CantrellProject Purple
Sean CulkinNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
Nick Dzubnar17 Strong Foundation
Kyle EmanuelBison Football Players Association
Brandon FacysonUterine Cancer Awareness
Dan FeeneyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
Antonio GatesLupus Foundation of America
Melvin GordonMelvin Gordon’s Beyond the Flash Foundation
Virgil GreenGreen Family Foundation
Melvin IngramMelvin Ingram's Mission Possible Foundation
Derwin JamesBoys & Girls Clubs of America
Rayshawn JenkinsNational Alliance for Mental Illness
Cardale JonesBob Hope USO
Desmond KingSickle Cell Anemia
Forrest LampAlcoholism Awareness
Chris LandrumProject Purple
Corey LiugetAmerican Heart Association
Detrez NewsomeNational Down Syndrome Society
Uchenna NwosuChildren's Diabetes Foundation
Russell OkungGreater Foundation
Andre PattonProject Purple
Adrian PhillipsAmerican Diabetes Association
Darius PhilonMental Health Awareness
Mike PounceyTeam Pouncey
Hayes PullardWomen Like Us
Scott QuessenberryLeukemia & Lymphoma Society
Jeff RichardsJeff Richards Jr. Foundation
Isaac Rochell#SeeYouOnSunday
Michael SchofieldJane's Warriors
Trent ScottNFL Player Care Foundation
Geno SmithBLOOM Initiative
Damion SquareChildhood Obesity Awareness
Cole TonerChildren's Hospital Los Angeles
Mike WindtAlex's Lemonade Stand

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