“My cause, my cleats.” On Sunday, players in the National Football League are allowed to change their cleats from the traditional colors and bring awareness to something that means a little more to them. Many players are trying to make people more aware of particular illnesses and former Notre Dame and current Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is taking part.
When the former Fighting Irish All-American takes the field on Sunday, he’ll be raising awareness for autism.
“Autism is something that is so dear to my heart,” said Smith during a video for the NFL’s ’My cause, my cleats’ The reason being is because of how colorful it is. There’s so many different stages and forms of Autism. Everything that I’ve been doing in my career, a portion of that is dedicated towards bringing awareness to it and just finding ways to better the case. It means a lot for the NFL to allow us one game annually to be able to represent something that is true to us. I just hope people would be aware that there are a lot of people who are diagnosed with this and these kids matter too. To all of the people out there that are experiencing this in their lives, whether it be a mother of a kid with autism or the kid himself, I just want you to know that I’m aware and I’m going to do something about it. Thank you.”
You can donate to the Fort Wayne Autism Center HERE. All proceeds will benefit their program and the highest donor will take home a pair of the cleats highlighted in the feature below.
— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) December 9, 2018