Browns players highlight charitable causes through NFL’s My Cause My Cleats campaign (12.1.22)


Dec. 1, 2022



BEREA, Ohio – As part of the NFL’s ongoing efforts of the annual My Cause My Cleats campaign, more than 30 Browns players and Head Coach Kevin Stefanski (Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio) will participate and share powerful stories and inspiration through custom cleat designs with signature meanings during pregame and/or throughout the team’s Week 13 matchup this Sunday against the Houston Texans.


This year, Browns participants will be supporting education, social justice, youth sports engagement, healthcare accessibility, military appreciation, youth empowerment and more.


Aligned with the mission of My Cause My Cleats, and in support of all Cleveland Browns participants, the Browns will also be donating $25,000 to United Way of Greater Cleveland. A long-standing community partner of the Browns, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s mission is to mobilize and empower local residents to help break the cycle of poverty.


The My Cause My Cleats campaign, launched in 2016, is a connection between the NFL and players allowing them to link with artists and don their art to represent their respective philanthropic organizations, passions and movements in stadiums across the league. More than 1,000 players have participated in the initiative each of the past two years, drawing the attention to this year as players plan to raise awareness for causes close to their hearts. Select player cleats will be available to fans through NFL Auction with proceeds flowing directly to each player’s identified charity.


Browns players participating in My Cause My Cleats:

Player Cause/Charity Notes
G Joel Bitonio Childhood Terminal Illness; A Kid Again Northern Ohio Chapter Partnering with the A Kid Again Northern Ohio Chapter is a special way for Bitonio to connect with kids battling terminal illnesses and push for their families to receive the help they deserve along with enjoying the time they have. A Kid Again Northern Ohio aims to foster hope, happiness, and healing for children with life-threatening conditions and their families

P Corey Bojorquez Women’s Health;

March of Dimes

Bojorquez and his wife experienced a miscarriage last year, and it was really challenging for the couple. They then realized there were people who have shared experiences. Bojorquez wants to help ensure women and families who experience miscarriages know they have the support and are not left alone. March of Dimes serves with a goal to end maternal health risks and deaths, end preventable preterm birth and infant death and close the health equity gap.

QB Jacoby Brissett Social Justice;

JumpStart Inc.

JumpStart Inc. is a venture development organization providing capital, services and connections to help entrepreneurs grow, researchers commercialize, and corporations innovate. Their mission is to unlock the full potential of entrepreneurship to transform entire communities. Brissett has been a passionate advocate in the social justice space since entering the league in 2016.

TE Pharaoh Brown Social Justice;

Build the Bridge

The Cleveland Browns partnered with the African-American Football Coaches Association to support “Build the Bridge,” designed to empower, develop and unify high school football teams through meaningful interactions between programs of different racial and/or socio-economic demographics in Northeast Ohio.

RB Nick Chubb SIDS Awareness;

First Candle

First Candle is committed to ending Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant death while providing bereavement support to families who have experienced a loss. Chubb has partnered with First Candle to help provide a portion of proceeds from sales of “Chubb Crunch” cereal to benefit the organization.

G Michael Dunn Cancer Awareness;

American Cancer Society of Ohio

Dunn’s wife and mother are cancer survivors. He chose to represent the American Cancer Society, a nationwide community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The American Cancer Society is a community partner of Browns Give Back’s First and Ten movement.

CB Martin Emerson Jr. Gun Violence;


Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Everytown looks to educate policymakers, the public, and the media about gun violence and promoting efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other prohibited purchasers.

RB Demetric Felton Jr. Youth Education;

Stay in the Game, Keep Learning, Every Day! Network

The mission of the Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day! Network is to prioritize attendance by connecting its partners to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism. The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground have partnered in this mission.

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OL Hjalte Froholdt Epilepsy Awareness;

Danish Epilepsy Foundation

Froholdt’s sister was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13, and she’s been fighting it ever since. She has been diligent and received some great help and medicine, which has made it possible for her to now become a doctor and help others. Some individuals impacted are unable to fully manage epileptic episodes through treatment or medication regiments so Froholdt is raising awareness for epilepsy and to help fund people to get treated, as well as further research into new medicine. The Danish Epilepsy Foundation was created to improve life conditions and quality of life for people living with epilepsy.

DE Myles Garrett Youth/Community Outreach;

Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland


The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland provides safe, fun places for kids while aiming to champion academic success and healthy lifestyles as well as character and citizenship.

CB AJ Green Cancer Awareness;

University Hospitals

Green has close family members affected by breast cancer and wants to bring awareness for those impacted. University Hospitals is a proud partner of the Cleveland Browns and is highly involved in the team’s efforts throughout the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative.

T Chris Hubbard Mental Health; Overcoming Together Foundation Through events, speaking engagements and online engagements, Hubbard aims to be an agent of change for the betterment of mental health throughout the black community. An ambassador for the National Alliance of Mental Illness, he has acknowledged their help with his own mental health struggles and is grateful to now have the opportunity to help others through his Overcoming Together Foundation and NAMI.

LS Charley Hughlett Childhood Water Safety; Gunner Martin Foundation Gunner Martin, Hughlett’s godson and the son of Hughlett’s close friends, Chris and Christina Martin, tragically passed away at the age of 2 after falling into a pool. The Gunner Martin Foundation works to bring awareness to childhood water safety and gives free swimming/water safety lessons to children. It was established to serve the community by providing education and awareness on water safety. Its mission is to pursue educational opportunities and equipping parents to teach their families how to swim, to serve as a resource of information for the water safety community at large and to further cultivate a water safety culture until not one more child is lost to drowning.

RB Kareem Hunt Social Justice/Community Outreach; Kareem Hunt Foundation/Build The Bridge The Cleveland Browns partnered with the African-American Football Coaches Association to support “Build the Bridge,” designed to empower, develop and unify high school football teams through meaningful interactions between programs of different racial and/or socio-economic demographics in Northeast Ohio. The Kareem Hunt Foundation mission is to serve the Cleveland area by creating feeding less fortunate families/address food security issues, youth empowerment and academic enrichment.

LB Jordan Kunaszyk Unplanned Pregnancies; Pre-Born! In January 2021, Kunaszyk lost his older brother to a sudden heart attack. His fiancée was pregnant with their first child, and she decided to keep his niece despite not having his brother around to help.

CB Herb Miller Youth Education;

The Children’s Village

The Children’s Village is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive and socially responsible members of their communities. The three keys to success of education, work and lifelong relationships play a massive role in the high expectations The Children’s Village have for their students.

QB Kellen Mond Social Justice;

Equal Justice Initiative

Mond wants to use his platform to speak for those who do not have the basic human rights to advocate for themselves. He wants to advocate for those who have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, including as it relates to incarcerations. The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

CB Greg Newsome II Women Empowerment;

Play Like a Girl!

Play Like a Girl! leverages the transferable skills girls gain from sport to give them a competitive edge in the classroom and, ultimately, propel them into competitive, male-dominated careers in STEM as young women. Newsome wants to shed light on women empowerment and inspire for change in the area. He has women in his family who played sports and plans to become keep being an advocate in that space. Play Like a Girl! envisions world where the playing field is level and every girl reaches her full potential.

TE David Njoku Youth Empowerment; David Njoku Foundation Launched in 2020, The David Njoku Foundation serves to impact the community in providing guidance, food supply and youth empowerment.
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Sickle Cell/Anemia; Sickle Cell 101 Sickle Cell 101’s purpose is to globally provide and improve education, research and awareness on sickle cell disease and the sickle cell trait and supporting key community stakeholders, especially patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, allies and the general public.

LB Jacob Phillips Youth Empowerment; God’s Warrior The God’s Warrior Foundation was created for Phillips to empower the youth back in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Since the foundation was started, Phillips has teamed up with Meijer and Dick’s Sporting Goods to continue his promise of giving back in his community by hosting back to school drives along with bicycle giveaways.

C Ethan Pocic Domestic Violence;

Iris Center of Domestic Violence of Baton Rouge, La

Iris Center of Domestic Violence of Baton Rouge, La. empowers survivors, prevents relationship violence and promotes justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.

DE Isaac Rochell International Association of Firefighters Cleveland Branch Rochell is dedicated to protecting and assisting IAFF members who put their lives on the line to save others, as well as the communities they serve.

WR Anthony Schwartz Mental Health;

United Way of Greater Cleveland

Schwartz has struggled with his own mental health challenges and strives to raise awareness in the space. The United Way of Greater Cleveland’s mission is to mobilize and empower Greater Cleveland residents to help break the cycle of poverty.

LB Sione Takitaki Cancer Awareness; American Cancer Society Ohio Takitaki’s father, Vaimaua, passed away when he was a teenager from adeno carcinoma and metastasis forms of cancer. The American Cancer Society of Ohio is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The American Cancer Society is a community partner of Browns Give Back’s First and Ten movement.

G Wyatt Teller Youth Sport;

Lindy Infante Foundation

The Lindy Infante Foundation’s mission is to unlock potential through increased access to youth sports participation. The Lindy Infante Foundation provides financial assistance through youth sports scholarships to allow youth in need to play sports.

DT Tommy Togiai Childhood Terminal Illness;

Littlest Heroes

The Littlest Heroes is a nonprofit organization providing financial and emotional support to families who have a child living with cancer. The Foundation exists to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families, regardless of income level.

CB Denzel Ward Heart Health;

Make Them Know Your Name Foundation

A consummate leader on the field and in the Northeast Ohio community, one of Ward’s strongest passions resulted in his family establishing the “Make Them Know Your Name Foundation.” Ward’s father, Paul G. Ward Jr., unexpectedly passed away due to cardiac arrest in 2016, and the family turned that tragedy into the inspiration behind the foundation’s mission of preventing heart-related fatalities with early detection and life-saving intervention “Make Them Know Your Name” is an on-field and off-field mantra for Ward, inspired by the message his dad would often share with him prior to playing in a sporting event, attending school or engaging in any other opportunity he had to excel and set a good example for his peers and the larger community. Each year, Ward has showcased MTKYN during the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign and will do so once again in 2022.

QB Deshaun Watson Youth/Community Outreach;

Deshaun Watson Foundation

The Deshaun Watson Foundation is dedicated to education, health, housing and other charitable causes that support families and youth in underserved communities.
T Jedrick Wills Jr. Animal Justice;

Cleveland Animal Protective League

Wills Jr. stands for the innocent lives of animals who are in need of help. The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end suffering for animals relinquished by their guardians, animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect, and stray or abandonment.

DT Perrion Winfrey Hunger Relief;

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository strives to end hunger by connecting communities with healthy food and advancing solutions that address the root causes of hunger.

DE Chase Winovich Childhood Terminal Illness;


ChadTough is a non-profit organization that inspires and funds game-changing research to discover effective treatments for pediatric brain cancer, with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

K Cade York Childhood Developmental Disabilities;

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a non-profit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).


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