Welcome to Cause & Effect, a series featuring current NFL athletes who are using their platform to raise awareness, drive social change and make a difference in their communities. From youth development and education, to mental health and finding cures for illnesses, learn about the causes they support and how you can get involved. During Week 13 of the regular season, players will have the ability to promote their respective causes through the league's #MyCauseMyCleats campaign.

Cause & Effect

gettyimages-498702120

I’m a Foster Kid in the NFL

Growing up in the foster system can make you feel like you’re living life at a disadvantage. I know because I’ve done it.

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-11-33-29-am

Inside My Week 13 Cleat Design

Watch as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shares the story behind his cause, as well as his cleat design.

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms-up prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The Story Behind My Cleats

A few years ago, I met a little boy in Wisconsin named Jack Bartosz. Jack was battling pediatric cancer, but you wouldn’t have known it from his demeanor.

ap_438398095720

Join the Fight

Six years ago, when I first linked up with Cure Duchenne, there was no cure in sight.

ap_168624163680

At the Heart of It All

We were prepared for a lot of things going into T.J.'s surgery. But nothing — nothing — can prepare you for seeing your baby in that condition. All I wanted to do was give him love. All I wanted to…

vonvision_011

Von's Vision

Over 400 guests joined Von Miller and his Broncos teammates for Von’s Celebrity Steak-Out, which raised over $480,000 to benefit Von’s Vision Foundation.

sam_7142

Let’s Talk About Bullying

Not a lot of people know this about me, but I was bullied growing up. And I’d like to share some of my experiences so that kids out there who are dealing with bullying will know that there is hope.

GettyImages-485538232

Doing It for T.J.

When we arrived at the NICU and I got my first glimpse of T.J. through the glass … I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I literally couldn’t believe it.

Jarvis Jenkins reads to kids with Barbershop Books during a visit to International Hair Studios in Harlem, NY on September 27, 2016. (Photo by Sam Maller/The Players' Tribune)

Well-Groomed and Well-Read

No one thought to bring homework or a book to read to the barbershop. There were other places to get work and reading done, like the classroom. The problem for me, though, was that I didn’t get much work done…

AP_993925764447

All for a Smile

I never thought it was strange. It was all I knew, so I thought it was completely normal. To me, my brother having cerebral palsy was just another fact of life.

AP_465746993582

The Strongest Woman I’ve Ever Known

A lot of people know that DeAngelo Williams’s mamma died. But I want you to know that, more importantly, she lived.

CCP_8947-Edit

Can You Spare 5 Minutes of Your Time for Clean Water (and Embarrassing Kyle Long Stories)?

I’m going to tell you why I started my Waterboys foundation, and in return I’m going to make fun of my football buddies.