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 chargers.com/cleats.
|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|
|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|