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Vikings to Raise Awareness Through 'My Cause My Cleats' Campaign 

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

More than 50 players – including two currently on Injured Reserve – will don custom-designed cleats that recently were unveiled to each athlete. The footwear is painted to represent respective causes of the players' choice as part of the NFL's annual My Cause My Cleats initiative.

Among the organizations represented this year are some of the players' personal foundations or charities, including the Thielen Foundation, Raise the Barr Foundation and the Linval Joseph Foundation.

Others include causes with which players have personal or long-lasting connections; a handful of these stories will be highlighted on this week.

Below is a full list of the Vikings participating in Sunday's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign through custom kicks. Players are listed in numerical order.

See which causes the Vikings are supporting with their one-of-a-kind cleats in this season's 'My Cause My Cleats' campaign.

Britton Colquitt

Organization: Love146

Cause: Ending child trafficking and exploitation

Sean Mannion

Organization: Team Gleason Foundation

Cause: Finding solutions for ALS patients

Connection: Mannion's father-in-law passed away from ALS in 2013.

Dan Bailey

Cause: Curing muscular dystrophy

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs

Cause: Youth mentorship

Chad Beebe

Organization: American Cancer Society

Cause: Finding cures and providing support for patients

Connection: Beebe's grandmother recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Stefon Diggs

Cause: Improving heart health

Connection: Diggs' father passed away from heart disease.

Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen

Organization: Thielen Foundation

Cause: Inspiring and empowering others to reach their full potential

Connection: Adam and his wife launched the Thielen Foundation in 2018.

Mackensie Alexander

Organization: Special Olympics

Cause: Providing athletics opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities

Mike Hughes

Organizations: American Cancer Society/Endometriosis Foundation of America

Cause: Advocacy for patients and continuing to research diseases

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cause: Youth development

Connection: Building on college experience, Smith has hosted multiple events for Bigs and Littles.

Mike Boone

Organization: American Cancer Society

Cause: Supporting patients and supporting research

Holton Hill

Cause: Supporting patients and reducing effects of dementia

Connection: Hill's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago.

Alexander Mattison

Alexander Mattison

Cause: Radiation oncology

Connection: Mattison's father underwent a bone marrow transplant for a leukemia treatment in his hometown.

Trae Waynes

Organization: Secondhand Hounds

Cause: Animal Welfare

Connection: Waynes has a passion for supporting pet adoption, having adopted multiple dogs.

Several Vikings players recently unboxed their cleats for the NFL's "My Cause My Cleats' initiative.

Jayron Kearse

Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cause: Youth development

Connection: Kearse has volunteered for the organization that fosters meaningful mentorship opportunities.

Xavier Rhodes

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs

Cause: Youth development

Connection: Rhodes has hosted multiple events.

C.J. Ham

Cause: Advancing research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy

Connection: Ham's mother is fighting pancreatic cancer.

Ameer Abdullah

Organization: The Black Youth Project

Cause: Social justice

Connection: Abdullah, who is on the Vikings Social Justice committee, has a passion for advancing social justice.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

Organization: Minnesota Vikings Foundation/Vikings Table

Cause: Supporting youth health/fighting hunger

Connection: Cook helped launch the Vikings Table charity food truck this year.

Kris Boyd

Cause: Children's health

Kentrell Brothers

Cause: Treating rare diseases

Connection: Brothers' mother battles Chiari malformation.

Anthony Harris

Organization: One Love Foundation

Cause: Ending relationship violence and/or abuse

Connection: One Love was named in honor of a victim who attended Harris' alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Ben Gedeon

Cause: Military

Connection: Gedeon's brother is in the Navy.

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

Organization: People Serving People

Cause: Helping homeless people through a family-focused shelter

Hercules Mata'afa

Organization: Animal Humane Society

Cause: Animal welfare

Eric Kendricks

Organization: The Sheridan Story

Cause: Fighting food insecurities

Connection: Kendricks has helped raise money and support through his annual "Sacks for Kids" program.

Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr

Cause: Supporting single moms

Connection: After growing up in a single-parent household, Barr has directed the focus of his foundation toward helping others in a similar circumstance.

Garrett Bradbury

Organization: The Able Fables

Cause: Special needs

Connection: Bradbury's friend from college established The Able Fables foundation

Austin Cutting

Austin Cutting

Cause: Animal welfare

Cameron Smith

Organization: United Heroes League

Cause: Supporting military families

Josh Kline

Cause: Supporting families who have lost a loved one through military service

Pat Elflein

Organization: Crescent Cove

Cause: Hospice care for children

Connection: Elflein has volunteered numerous times at the facility.

Rashod Hill

Organization: The Codie Foundation

Cause: Supporting hearing impaired

Connection: Hill's 4-year-old daughter has partial hearing loss and inspired creation of the foundation.

Riley Reiff

Riley Reiff

Organization: Pheasants Forever

Cause: Conservation

Dru Samia

Organization: American Cancer Society

Cause: Ovarian Cancer

Olisaemeka Udoh

Organization: Special Olympics

Cause: Special needs

Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill

Organization: Autism Speaks

Cause: Advocating for people with autism-related conditions

Connection: O'Neill's older sister, Lorraine, has autism.

Aviante Collins

Organization: Dr. Leonard's Cancer Research Fund

Cause: Researching genetic engineering to fight cancer

Connection: Two of Collins' uncles have passed away because of cancer.

Dakota Dozier

Cause: Youth health

Connection: Dozier's sister underwent a surgery and lengthy stay at a Shriners Hospital.

Bisi Johnson

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs

Cause: Youth development through mentorship

Connection: Johnson has volunteered for the organization.

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Cause: Children's health

Connection: Kyle and his wife make frequent visits for specific events, as well as to continue supporting families. They also created Kyle Rudolph's End Zone, a respite for patients and families at the hospital.

Tyler Conklin

Organization: Humane Society of Macomb

Cause: Animal welfare

Irv Smith, Jr.

Cause: Extending and improving lives of patients and those that are at-risk

Stephen Weatherly

Stephen Weatherly

Organization: One Love Foundation

Cause: Ending relationship abuse/violence

Connection: Weatherly suffered a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship.

Jalyn Holmes

Organization: Option2

Cause: Helping student-athletes excel on and off the field

Shamar Stephen

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs

Cause: Youth development

Jaleel Johnson

Organization: People Serving People

Cause: The region's largest and most comprehensive family focused homeless shelter

Ifeadi Odenigbo

Organization: The Dayton Foundation

Cause: Community and tragedy outreach

Connection: Odenigbo helped support the victims of the mass shooting in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 4, 2019.

Armon Watts

Cause: Support and advocacy for patients

Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen

Organizations: American Cancer Society | American Heart Association | NAMI

Causes: Breast cancer | Heart health | Mental health

Connections: Griffen supports the ACS in honor of his mother-in-law and the AHA in memory of his mother. He returned this season after undergoing treatment for his mental health.

Linval Joseph

Cause: Anti-bullying

Connection: A bullying victim during his youth, Joseph focuses on bullying-prevention efforts.


Danielle Hunter

Organization: Police Activities League

Cause: Community building through character development

Laquon Treadwell

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs; Feed My Starving Children  

Cause: Youth mentorship and combating food insecurity