The Untold Stories: Struggles Behind the Scenes of Athletic Success

The Untold Stories: Struggles Behind the Scenes of Athletic Success

This Sunday, San Francisco 49ers players and coaches are ready to show off their passions outside of the game with personalized shoes. The NFL’s 2023 My Cause My Cleats campaign features more than 40 team members representing various organizations.The My Cause My Cleats initiative provides a platform for athletes to share their personal stories and how they are deeply connected to the causes that matter to them.

The campaign not only raises awareness, but also highlights the diverse and impactful ways NFL players contribute to their communities.Here, some 49ers players shared why they choose to stand up for their cause and what they had to say:Drake Jackson – 95 The Problem Foundationandquot;Itand#039;s a foundation that gives back to people who don’t give. ‘t. no, it isn’t.

That and that. Where I came from I really didn’t have that much, now I do and I can give back to people who don’t donate. It mostly leans towards athletes because I’m an athlete and that’s what I did as a kid.andquot;Getting your issue out there is a big deal, because a lot of people will see it, and maybe if someone sees it, they might come out and try to help someone, and it just does.andquot;DL Arik ArmsteadKym Fortino/49ersArik Armstead – Armstead Academic Project The Armstead Academic Project is an organization that my husband and I started in 2019 to work with young people to support their education to fight educational injustice.

 

I. It was amazing to see where we started and how we continue to develop.andquot;I struggled with my education in my youth and understood its importance later in adulthood.

I truly understand that without support and community, it is impossible for us to expect children to be independent. I want to influence and support young people in their education in my community, because I think this is one of the biggest problems of our country and society. I want to help kids get the facilities and tools they need to be successful.andquot;OL Jake BrendelKym Fortino/49ersJake Brendel – Living for Zacharyandquot;Their goal is to end sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death in student athletes.

I’m actually very close to the Zacharyand family. He was my teammate in high school and unfortunately we lost him to sudden cardiac arrest in high school.andquot;Here#039;s just a good reason. They donate several AEDs to local sports facilities and schools, and each year they also donate a scholarship to an aspiring doctor. My reason is that foundations are a great platform for us.

I know a lot of guys take off their helmets and stay away from football, but I think it’s a great way to bring your personal life. to our work and use our platform to hopefully spread something good.andquot;K Jake MoodyKym Fortino/49ersJake Moody – TUFFandquot;TUFF is a single funding fund dedicated to providing underserved youth with the football equipment they need to play sports.

I’ve personally been able to attend a few events and help donate things, so I thought I’d give my support where I can.andquot;Some of my former teammates from Michigan started a foundation. I’ve helped a few times, participated in a few events, volunteered and it’s great to see the kids get shirts, a smile on their face, to be able to play a sport we all share.

 

I just wanted to help out as much as I could and give kids everywhere the same opportunity to get some really cool gear. And#039;it’s a very good thing that they started.andquot;CB Charvarius WardKym Fortino/49ersCharvarius Ward – Football Camp for the Starsandquot;Football Camp for the Stars is a foundation that supports children with Down syndrome. My daughter has Down syndrome and I just want to say to all parents who have Down syndrome and she has no reason to be afraid, afraid or sad about it. Your baby is still beautiful; they are happy, silly, fun kids.

My children, sheand#039; was great at everything he does. Sheand is now a year old and we just threw him a wonderful birthday party. He had fun. He danced, sat alone, ate his cake, and now he’s getting the hang of things. If your child has Down syndrome, it’s a blessing – it’s not a curse, it’s definitely a blessing.andquot;A lot of people in the world look up to NFL athletes, so it’s good to support people who do the same things we do. We’re normal people even though we’re on TV every Sunday.

It’s definitely a big deal that we can support these organizations.andquot;TE George KittleKym Fortino/49ersGeorge Kittle – Operation Freedom Pawsandquot;Operation Freedom Paws takes dogs and helps train them to be service animals and pairs them with veterans so the veteran has a dog to help them go. during the time after serving. Seedling#039; is a great organization.

 

I’ve met a lot of dogs, I’ve met a lot of veterans and it’s really nice to be able to help them because dogs and the military are groups that I love to work with. together My parents work a lot with Operation Feet of Freedom. My podcast andquot;Hidden Pearls Podcastandquot; My father and sister and I work a lot with them.andquot;They are great people who run the whole thing.

The fact that we can help them a little bit, they have more opportunities to train more dogs and help more vets, seems like a good idea overall. One of the great things about My Cause My Cleats is that it shows that players are people too. There are things that affect us off the field. There are great reasons for each.

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