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My Cause, My Cleats: 2017 Edition

Posted Nov 28, 2017

Panthers explain the significance of some of the causes they will represent with their custom cleats on Sunday.

It's got to be the shoes.

For the second consecutive season, players around the NFL will bare a bit of their soul to football fans through the My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Players have the opportunity in Week 13 to wear specially designed shoes that shed light on something that's important to them.

Here's a sampling of what the Panthers will be wearing in New Orleans.

S Mike Adams

My Cause: Team Adams Foundation

“Paterson (New Jersey) is my hometown - I grew up in the same situation as a lot of these kids.  Now I am in a position to give back, hopefully help change some lives, and pay it forward.  I hope to give some of these kids living in Paterson, and other communities like Paterson, opportunities I never had.”

S Kurt Coleman

My Cause: Levine Children’s Hospital

“My father is a cancer survivor. Helping not only patients but also their families became very important to me after experiencing firsthand the hardships everyone goes through. My family and I love helping children and bringing smiles to their faces through the most trying times.”

RB Christian McCaffrey

My Cause: Hope Haven Rwanda

“I chose to get involved because I went on a mission trip to Rwanda in high school and served the people there. This cause empowers me to continue to serve the people of Rwanda especially as they are continuing to better their nation after the 1994 genocide and to let all my loved ones in Rwanda know I'm playing for them.”

CB Captain Munnerlyn

My Cause: March of Dimes

“I was born as a premature baby – three months early at three pounds - without much of a chance to live. I spent nearly a year in the hospital, fighting for my life.”

LB David Mayo

My Cause: Military appreciation

“I have two brothers currently in the military, both of which have served tours in Afghanistan. Any chance I can to support the great men and women of our nation’s military, I want to. Thousands of brave men and women put their lives on the line every day for our basic human rights and freedom.”

QB Cam Newton

My Cause: Cam Newton Foundation

“I have always been a kid at heart, and even as an adult, I often feel like I communicate better with youth. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. Kids possess a real honest and pure spirit. And, for me to help kids turn their struggles into strength means the world to me.”

DE Julius Peppers

My Cause: Light on the Hill Society Scholarship

“This helps African American students at my alma mater, the University of North Carolina, achieve their dream of graduating from college.”