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Vikings Highlight Nonprofits Close to the Heart Through My Cause My Cleats

EAGAN, Minn. – When Minnesota hosts the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon, the Vikings will be using their feet to promote causes close to their hearts.

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic largely impacting the players' ability to have in-person presences in the community, lessened restrictions in 2022 have enabled more direct involvement with various nonprofits around the Twin Cities and beyond.

Players will don custom-designed cleats that recently were unveiled to the athletes. The footwear is painted to represent respective causes players selected to raise awareness and support for.

Among the organizations represented this season are some of the players' personal foundations or charities, including Thielen Foundation, created by Adam Thielen, and Harrison's Playmakers, founded by Harrison Phillips.

View photos of Vikings players unboxing their custom cleats for the 2022 "My Cause My Cleats" campaign that showcase nonprofits that are important to them.

Other players are again shining light on organizations close to their heart: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (C.J. Ham), Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities (Harrison Smith), Boys & Girls Clubs (Danielle Hunter), the Minnesota Vikings Foundation (Dalvin Cook) and Golden Charter Academy (Eric Kendricks), among others.

New this year, the Wilf family graciously extended the My Cause My Cleats opportunity to the football and business staffs, as well. Keep an eye on Vikings.com this week for feature stories on Head Coach Kevin O'Connell, Vikings staff members and players alike.

Below is a list of the Vikings players participating in this year's My Cause My Cleats campaign through custom kicks.

NOTE: Players are listed in alphabetical order and include active roster, practice squad and Injured Reserve.

View photos of Vikings players' custom cleats in honor of the NFL's 2022 My Cause My Cleats initiative that allows players to represent causes that are important to them.

Brian Asamoah II, LB

Organization: NFL Foundation

Cause: Youth enrichment and athletics

Andrew Booth, Jr., CB

Cause: Youth health

CB Kris Boyd
CB Kris Boyd

Kris Boyd, CB

Organization: Victims First

Cause: Mass casualty relief

Garrett Bradbury, C

Cause: Youth health

Blake Brandel, T

Cause: Health / Cancer research

S Camryn Bynum
S Camryn Bynum

Camryn Bynum, S

Cause: Social justice (faith-based)

Dan Chisena, WR

Organization: THON

Cause: Youth health

Ezra Cleveland, G

Cause: Military member and veteran support

Ryan Connelly, LB

Cause: Cancer awareness

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Dalvin Cook, RB

Cause: Youth enrichment

QB Kirk Cousins
QB Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins, QB

Cause: Anti human-trafficking

Cam Dantzler, Sr., CB

Cause: Mental health

Christian Darrisaw, T

Cause: Youth health

Andrew DePaola, LS

Organization: Bo’s Effort

Cause: Mental health

LB Troy Dye
LB Troy Dye

Troy Dye, LB

Organization: The Leela Project

Cause: Youth

Ben Ellefson, TE

Organization: Gigi’s Playhouse

Cause: Down syndrome awareness

Akayleb Evans, CB

Cause: Youth enrichment

FB C.J. Ham
FB C.J. Ham

C.J. Ham, FB

Cause: Cancer awareness

Jordan Hicks, LB

Cause: Anti human-trafficking

Kyle Hinton, G

Organization: Play the Next Play

Cause: Military member and veteran support

T.J. Hockenson, TE

Organization: Warrior Rising

Cause: Military member and veteran support

Danielle Hunter, OLB

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs

Cause: Youth enrichment

G Ed Ingram
G Ed Ingram

Ed Ingram, G

Organization: AdopteeBridge

Cause: Adoption

Justin Jefferson, WR

Cause: Youth education

Patrick Jones II, OLB

Organization: NAMI

Cause: Mental health

Eric Kendricks, LB

Cause: Education

T Vederian Lowe
T Vederian Lowe

Vederian Lowe, T

Organization: Shriner’s Hospital

Cause: Youth health

James Lynch, DL

Cause: Military member and veteran support

Alexander Mattison, RB

Organization: I Am Gifted

Cause: Mental health awareness and suicide prevention

Josh Metellus, S

Cause: Postpartum depression awareness

Nick Mullens, QB

Cause: Military member and veteran support

RB Kene Nwangwu
RB Kene Nwangwu

Kene Nwangwu, RB

Organization: March of Dimes

Cause: Infant health

Brian O'Neill, T

Organization: Autism Speaks

Cause: Autism awareness

K.J. Osborn, WR

Organization: The Salvation Army

Harrison Phillips, DT

Cause: Youth & special needs

Jalen Reagor, WR

Organization: Black Men Heal

Cause: Mental health

OL Chris Reed
OL Chris Reed

Chris Reed, OL

Cause: Heart health

Harrison Smith, S

Cause: Youth mentorship

Irv Smith, Jr., TE

Cause: Health / Cancer research

OLB Za'Darius Smith
OLB Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith, OLB

Organization: Good Life Foundation

Cause: Youth

Josh Sokol, C

Organization: Life4Evan

Cause: Youth health

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Adam Thielen, WR

Organization: Thielen Foundation

Cause: Youth enrichment and mental health

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT

Cause: Support after loss

Olisaemekah Udoh, T

Cause: Youth enrichment

D.J. Wonnum

Organization: Secondhand Hounds

Cause: Pet adoption

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