My Cause My Cleats | Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals.com
The Bengals will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Paycor Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 and some of our players will be wearing their hearts on their cleats. The game will highlight the annual 'My Cause, My Cleats' initiative, where players from around the league bring awareness to charitable efforts that are important to them.
Twenty-two members of the Bengals are participating in the league-wide campaign this season with the intent of supporting different philanthropic endeavors. Bengals fans will have the opportunity to join the players in supporting some of these causes!
By simply buying a ticket to the game through a dedicated purchasing link (see below), $5 of every seat's purchase price will go directly to that particular charity. Those interested just need to click the accompanying "Support Now" button below, next to the charity they're interested in supporting, and then proceed with the ticket buying process as normal.
The following Bengals players and charities are slated to participate this season. For those fans that already have tickets but would still like to support a certain player's cause, you can donate directly by following the links to the charity's website.
Brandon Allen - Alzheimer's Awareness
"For my Grandma Lala and for the families of anyone struggling with a loved one living with or suffering through this disease." -Brandon Allen
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter serves individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, their families and caregivers in 37 counties in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
Trey Hendrickson - The Hendrickson Hope Foundation
"The Hendrickson Hope Foundation's mission is to help foster children receive care and resources by advocating for families to adopt foster children. In addition, the foundation partners with local, national, and international missions to reach underserved youth populations with a focus on food insecurity, health and resources. This cause means the world to me and my family because every child deserves an equal opportunity to thrive." -Trey Hendrickson
The Hendrickson Hope Foundation is dedicated to changing the lives of youth by providing foster children resources, advocating for families to adopt these children, and serving with local, national, and international missions to reach underserved youth populations with a focus on health, food insecurity, and resources.
Sam Hubbard - The Sam Hubbard Foundation
"I founded The Sam Hubbard Foundation to bring equitable access to food, education, and a healthy lifestyle to Cincinnatians in need." -Sam Hubbard
The Sam Hubbard Foundation exists to bring equitable access to food, education, and a healthy lifestyle for all Cincinnatians.
Hayden Hurst - Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Mental Health Services
"Mental Health is a cause I am very passionate about. I struggle with it every day and I want people to know they are not alone. Cincinnati Children's provides services to help patients and families with mental and behavioral health needs." -Hayden Hurst
Cincinnati Children's hospital mission is to improve child health and transform delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.
Samaje Perine - Rosemary's Babies
"My mom was a teen mom, so knowing the hardships she and other young parents face, it was important to my wife and I to bring awareness to the programs Rosemary's Babies has to change the outlook for young, single parents." -Samaje Perine
The mission of Rosemary's Babies is to help teen parents master the concepts of self-leadership to leave a legacy.
DJ Reader - A Son Never Forgets Foundation
"ASNF is a organization that I started in memory of my father. It simply means "a son never forgets". My father always taught me to pay it forward and to inspire the next generation. My foundation is a way for me to pay it forward to those in need through our various programs and initiatives." -DJ Reader
In 2021 DJ Reader founded A Son Never Forgets, motivated by the loss of his father to kidney disease in 2014. A Son Never Forgets is built around the never-ending relationship that a son has with his father, and his mother. ASNF focuses on positive messages around health, wellness and the importance of education.
Chidobe Awuzie - Umu Igbo Unite (UIU) Cares
"UIU is heavily involved with the Igbo community and abroad. They've provided scholarships, job opportunities, & charitable deeds for the community. They have also built a learning center in Enugu, Nigeria & plan to build one in each city of Igbo land. I've already donated $10,000 to their cause to help with basic needs for families & scholarships for those kids that can't afford it." -Chidobe Awuzie
UIUcares partners with organizations in Igboland, to provide food, clothing, healthcare, education, and vocational preparation for the underprivileged.
Markus Bailey - Global Food Justice Alliance
"I chose to partner with the Global Food Justice Alliance because they advocate for access to high quality foods produced through regenerative agriculture that align with the evolutionary biology of human beings, especially in food insecure populations. This type of education and advocacy is critical for nutritious, environmentally sustainable, and equitable food systems that can sustain both human life and the planet." -Markus Bailey
The Global Food Justice Alliance advocates for the right of all people to choose nutrient-dense foods such as meat, milk, and eggs, which are critical for nutritious, environmentally sustainable, and equitable food systems that can sustain both human life and the planet.
Vonn Bell - Pick Six Foundation
"I founded The Pick Six Foundation to do my part to help improve the health, education, and quality of life for families of athletes in underserved areas. We are working to grow the foundation's footprint in cities by offering sports camps, food drives, and other support activities in areas that need it most." -Vonn Bell
The Pick Six Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education, and quality of life for families of athletes in underserved areas.
Joe Burrow - The Joe Burrow Foundation
"I believe everyone has a responsibility to do good. My parents and I started The Joe Burrow Foundation to provide resources and support to the underprivileged and underserved." -Joe Burrow
The mission of the Joe Burrow Foundation is to provide resources and support to the underprivileged and underserved.
Zach Carter - The Skills Center
"The Skills Center is a sports-based youth development program that promotes academic & leadership success. Growing up in Tampa, FL, I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of these resources. I selected to highlight The Skills Center for My Cause My Cleats because it provided me with essential life skills and helped mold me into the athlete I am today." - Zach Carter
The Skills Center is a sports based youth development organization. We promote sports intentionally infused with life skills and academics. We pursue a purposeful development of young minds from ages 3 to 18.
La'el Collins - HEADstrong Foundation
"I've seen what families go through while supporting loved ones battling cancer and HEADstrong's primary mission is to support those patients and families by providing essential services so they can sustain some sort of normalcy. I want these families to have hope and HEADstrong gives them hope." -La'el Collins
HEADstrong Foundation works to offer financial, residential, and emotional support to families affected by cancer.
Akeem Davis-Gaither - Assistance League (Operation Check Hunger)
"No child or family should have to worry about having a meal to eat each day. I selected this organization to focus on the work being done through the Operation Check Hunger program that benefits and raises awareness on food insecurity in my home state of North Carolina." -Akeem Davis-Gaither
Assistance League of Charlotte, through Operation Check Hunger (OCH), feeds at-risk school children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The purpose of the program is to relieve hunger among students as they strive to improve academically.
Tee Higgins - AXE ALS
"I'm excited to highlight AXE ALS , an incredible group which is working hard to raise awareness and find treatments for the horrific disease." -Tee Higgins
The mission of axeALS is to raise awareness and funding for ALS treatments and clinical trials; to help ALS patients and their families live as full and normal lives as possible; and to encourage research for the prevention, alleviation, care, treatment, and (one day) cure of ALS.
Clay Johnston - Uplifting Athletes
"I support Uplifting Athlete's mission to use sport as a vehicle to build a community that invests in those impacted by rare diseases." -Clay Johnston
Uplifting Athlete's mission is to harness the power of sport to build a community that invests in the lives of people impacted by rare diseases.
Ted Karras - Village of Merici
"We tend to forget people with developmental disabilities after the age of 18. Village of Merici helps adults with developmental disabilities, allowing them to live independently with access to services and social programs." -Ted Karras
Village of Merici provides residential and community opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. By creating a sense of community, we will create a sense of belonging.
Kwamie Lassiter II - Kwamie Lassiter Foundation
"I want to raise awareness on sickle cell disease and the impact it has on many people, including a number of players in the NFL. Unfortunately many have the trait without knowing they have it, or don't know until it's too late." -Kwamie Lassiter II
The mission of The Kwamie Lassiter Foundation is to be committed to providing opportunities that promote comprehensive awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia Disease while also continuing to target the way children are motivated to inspire leadership through education.
Joe Mixon - HEADstrong Foundation
"HEADstrong helped a family close to me and I want to ensure HEADstrong can continue to help families across the country so instead of worrying about things like groceries or bills, they can focus their efforts on supporting their loved one with cancer. " -Joe Mixon
HEADstrong Foundation works to offer financial, residential, and emotional support to families affected by cancer.
Frank Pollack - Coach Knapp Memorial Fund
"Too many lives lost needlessly with distracted drivers. My long time colleague was one of them and I want to support his Memorial Fund to do what we can to prevent it from happening to others." -Frank Pollack
The Coach Knapp Memorial Fund has been established to enable donations to causes that were important to Coach Knapp. These include mentoring and encouraging young coaches. In addition, funds will be used to promote distracted driving awareness/reform and other charitable interests of the Coach Knapp Memorial Fund.
Cam Taylor-Britt - Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati
"Boys & Girls Club played a signifanct role in shaping my childhood. Last year, I partnered with the Boys & Girls Club in Montgomery for a Holiday Giveback. I look forward to continuing that relationship in my NFL city of Cincinnati." -Cam Taylor-Britt
The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Michael Thomas - Aldine Sports Association
"I've always had a passion to provide unique opportunities for our youth and their education. From Youth Camps, to Fundraisers, and awarding Academic Scholarships Aldine Sports Association afforded me the platform to uplift my community." -Michael Thomas
The Aldine Sports Association mission is to uplift, motivate and inspire the youth of the Aldine community, while teaching the fundamental skills of sports.
Logan Wilson - Brooks Joshua Anderson Foundation
"Brooks Joshua Anderson Foundation was founded by a family who I know very well who lost their baby boy due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It's important to me to support the work they are doing in memory of Brooks." -Logan Wilson
It is the mission of The Brooks Joshua Anderson Foundation, that his little life will make a great impact on the community and world around us. Thus, all money raised by the foundation will be distributed between a yearly contribution to a 501(c)(3)-SIDS research program in Brooks' name, while committing the rest of the money to The Books From Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund.