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Notes: Josh Paschal leads inspirational Detroit Lions’ My Cause, My Cleats campaign

See all the amazing custom cleats and causes spotlighted by your Detroit Lions.

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The NFL runs a regular community outreach campaign called My Cause My Cleats each season that allows players to wear non-regulation shoes during games in the later part of the season which are then auctioned off to support charitable causes important to those players. This year, My Cause My Cleats runs during Weeks 13 and 14, and the Detroit Lions players participating in this fundraising and awareness drive are wearing their custom cleats in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.

The Detroit Lions’ media folks have a number of pieces up to highlight these fantastic cleats and their associated causes. The team’s official web page has a 27-picture photo gallery showing most of the cleats that will be worn by the players. The gallery posted by the team is unfortunately missing some of Jeff Nguyen’s photos, but thankfully MLive’s Ben Raven has us covered with a more complete photo gallery (including some alternate angles of some pairs).

Info about the players and staff on this year’s squad taking part is in the table below. This table incorporates some information on the league’s event web page and some “educated guesses” based on photos of the cleats:

My Cause My Cleats 2023: Lions

Player Cause/Organization
Player Cause/Organization
Amon-Ra St. Brown Jesse Rees foundation
Anthony Pittman The Cave of Adullam
Brandon Joseph Caribbean Community Service Center
Brian Branch American Cancer Society
Charles Harris Calvin’s Hope
Dan Skipper National Organization for Disorders of the Corpus Callosum (NODCC)
Darrell Daniels National stroke foundation
David Montgomery Black Women's Health Imperative
Devine Ozigbo Alternatives for Girls
Frank Ragnow Rags Remembered Foundation
Ifeatu Melifonwu Coach Frank Ortega Foundation
Jack Campbell Tom Hopkins Foundation
Jason Cabinda Blue Hands United for Autism
Jerry Jacobs American Healthcare Society
John Cominsky Cominsky Family Foundation
Josh Reynolds Bamfam.org
Joshua Paschal The V foundation
Kayode Awosika Sport Of Life International
Malcolm Rodriguez Make a Wish - St Jude
Matt Nelson I Know Jack
Maurice Alexander Florida city razorbacks
Romeo Okwara NF Forward
Scott Daly Spondylitis Association of America
Shane Zylstra Orchards Children and Family Services
Teddy Bridgewater Black Women's Health Imperative
Tracy Walker Stephanie Spielman Fund
Khalil Dorsey Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
Donovan Peoples-Jones Sickle Cell 101
OLB Coach David Corrao Humane society (on left shoe with pets' names)
DB Coach Brian Duker Gleaners Community Food Bank
Director of Sports Performance Mike Clark Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Director of Sports Science Jill Costanza Downtown Boxing Gym
https://www.nfl.com/causes/my-cause-my-cleats/2023/lions

Earlier this week (Kellie included this as a quick bulleted item in Thursday’s Notes) on Dannie Rogers’ Inside the Pride, the Lions reporter spoke to cornerback Khalil Dorsey about his chosen cause, the “Be Nice” campaign from the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. In the three-and-a-half minute video, you can see the moment Dorsey first gets his hands on the custom cleats and hear him explain the design on the shoes as well as his thoughts on de-stigmatizing mental health concerns.

On Friday, Lions EDGE Josh Paschal joined ESPN’s Hannah Storm on NFL Live to talk about his experience with cancer while at Kentucky and his support for the V Foundation. In the interview, Paschal points out an amazing feature of the custom shoes he will be wearing: “the Air Force actually has a hole right at the exact spot where my cancer was.” ESPN posted the entire five-minute segment to the NFL on ESPN YouTube channel.

In addition to the player and staff-specific cleats, the Detroit Lions Foundation partnered with Comerica to sponsor another pair of custom shoes for Family Assistance for Renaissance Men. From Comerica’s site:

Comerica Bank and the Detroit Lions have teamed up to support the NFL’s annual My Cause My Cleats campaign, featured during the National Football League’s Week 13 and 14 games (Dec. 3-10), to raise critical financial resources that will impact the lives of Detroit fathers and their children. The philanthropic initiative encourages our communities to team up and donate to the F.A.R.M organization, a 2023 Detroit Lions Inspire Change social justice initiative grantee and community partner of Comerica Bank.

For the first $100,000 donated to the campaign, the Detroit Lions will match each of those dollars contributed through Sunday, December 10. And to start things off, Comerica Bank will be donating the first $10,000!

The team’s web site posted a short video with vice president of the Detroit Lions Foundation & Community Relations Roxanne Caine introducing the partnership plus linebacker Anthony Pittman with some background on F.A.R.M. The former Wayne State star has a longstanding relationship with the organization, and wore custom cleats in honor of F.A.R.M for the Lions during the 2021 season’s My Cause My Cleats campaign and the 2022 season’s campaign as well.

Thank you to all of the players, coaches, and staff at the Lions for supporting these causes. Check some of them out and discover what means a lot to the folks bringing wins to the fans each week. Now, on to the rest of your weekend Notes:

  • In case you missed it, our own Meko Scott posted a fantastic 20-minute analysis earlier this week of things to keep an eye on following the loss on Thanksgiving Day. He doesn’t want anybody to panic, though: just maintain reasonable concern.

Then, following up on Morgan Cannon’s film breakdown on Wednesday, Meko and Morgan had a conversation about what the Saints bring to the table:

Be sure you don’t miss out on any of the great video content from Meko and Morgan by subscribing to our Pride of Detroit YouTube channel.

  • It warms my heart to see the Sun God is on Team Pizza:

  • Joe Kania and Erik Schlitt have their latest Detroit Lions Breakdown podcast episode up: a preview of the upcoming road game against the Saints. You can listen to the entire 77-minute audio in an embedded player on their web site or on most popular podcast services.

  • The Lions media folks are so fun.

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