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Panthers players will honor meaningful causes on cleats 

Derrick Brown

When the Panthers host the Broncos on Sunday, several players will wear custom cleats to honor and raise awareness for different issues that are important to them.

The annual NFL initiative, My Cause My Cleats, promotes league-wide action and engagement from players and fans with worthy causes and organizations that have meaningful connections to players and coaches.

Players do that by wearing custom-designed cleats for one game every season and using their platform to deliver their messages.

Here are the causes Panthers' players will be advocating for this season:

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Player Cause Organization
Robby Anderson Single Moms
Derrick Brown Military Appreciation USAA
Dennis Daley Social Justice Color of Change
Corn Elder Social Justice City Year
Myles Hartsfield Diabetes
Tyler Larsen Autism Awareness The Autism Community in Action (TACA)
Christian McCaffrey Military Appreciation Christian McCaffrey Foundation
Aaron Monteiro Addiction Recovery Community Matters Cafe
Russell Okung Children's Health Children's Health Defense
Troy Pride Jr. Civil Liberties ACLU
Michael Schofield Cancer Schofield Family Foundation
Ian Thomas Autism, Domestic Violence Autism Charlotte, KayDay Foundation
Shaq Thompson Dental Health Thompson Legacy Fund
Colin Thompson Athletes Helping Athletes
Tahir Whitehead Recreation and Education Training Recreation Education Center
Brandon Zylstra Social Injustice One Love

This season, a number of players partnered with Charlotte is Creative, collaborating with a number of the local artists who painted the Black Lives Matter mural in Uptown Charlotte. These artists created their own artistic renditions of the cause for Panthers' players on their cleats.

They included Chad Cartwright (Tyler Larsen), DeNeer Davis (Michael Schofield, Brandon Zylstra), Lo'Vonia Parks (Corn Elder), Marcus Kiser (Aaron Monteiro), Frankie Zombie (Tahir Whitehead) and Destiny Wilson (Colin Thompson).

View some of the Panthers specially-designed cleats for this season's My Cause My Cleats initiative.

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