Nittany Lions’ ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ Campaigns Benefit THON & More

Once again, select Penn Staters in the NFL are using their platforms to support campaigns and charities close to their hearts.

Throughout week 13 of the NFL season, at least seven Nittany Lions will wear custom, themed cleats that are later auctioned off to raise awareness for causes of their choosing. The promotion comes through the NFL’s annual “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign that includes hundreds of professional stars across the league.

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki and Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nick Scott will both use the event to raise awareness and support for THON. Gesicki, a longtime THON fan, has rocked THON-themed kicks every year since joining the league.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib will use “My Cause, My Cleats” to support The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQA+ youth. Nassib recently raised money for the foundation this summer when he came out as the first gay man actively on an NFL roster.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates Donovan Smith and Chris Godwin will don cleats to support Autism Speaks and the Team Godwin Foundation, respectively. Godwin’s charity works to help pets in need. Check out this ESPN feature for a more in-depth look at Godwin’s latest animal advocacy efforts.

Additionally, Carolina Panthers defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos will support Hope of Mooresville, which provides temporary housing and support services for homeless women and children in North Carolina. His former teammate, Shaka Toney, will wear cleats for the Washington Football Team that support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.

While there are far more than seven Nittany Lions in the NFL, only this bunch is officially listed among “My Cause, My Cleats” participants on the league’s website. Check out the full listings to see what causes the NFL’s best and brightest are supporting this weekend.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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