My Cleats, My Cause: Rams share more about charities they honored

Matt Skura hopes to help others who are struggling as he remembers his dad on Sunday.

During the NFL’s annual “My Cleats, My Cause” celebration, the Rams Center will wear custom yellow and gold cleats in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The words “Out Of The Darkness” and “Douglas Skura Memorial Fund” are written on the shoes.

“It’s to honor my father who took his own life this March,” Matt Skura told The Times. “It has obviously been a difficult year for me and my family. I thought this would be a great time to honor and remember him. And a great way to also shed light on mental health issues and mental health awareness.”

Rams' Matt Skura for My Cleats My Cause
I have chosen to represent the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to honor my father who took his own life in March

Listen to Matt Skura:

Douglas Skura was a 61-year-old orthopedist from Ohio, where he lived with his wife and raised their three sons.

“It’s something we’ve never dealt with in my family,” Matt Skura said of suicide. “It was obviously just a difficult transition. But you also understand how precious life is. You know how to take mental health issues really seriously and often you can still do whatever it takes to help someone and sometimes it can still end badly.

Skura said his family is focused on taking care of their mental health and urges others to do the same.

Ten other Rams showed their shoes to The Times and shared why they chose the causes they will be honoring on Sunday.

Rams' Chandler Brewer for My Cleats My Cause
Handwriting: This thing means the world to me with my cancer story. I can't think of a better reason to support.

Listen to Chandler Brewer:

Rams' Jake Gervase for My Cleats My Cause
It's not only a way to honor Reid and his family, but also to help families battling childhood cancer

Listen to Jake Gervase:

Rams' Jordan Fuller for My Cleats My Cause
I chose the JLH Social Impact Fund because it helps minority-owned businesses get off the ground

Listen to Jordan Fuller:

Rams' Maximilian Pircher for My Cleats My Cause
I chose OwC because they support many sports related projects and they are based in Europe where football is growing

Listen to Maximian Pircher:

Quentin Lake by Rams for My Cleats My Cause
I have chosen to represent the Sickle Cell Foundation because it is close to me and my family

Listen to Quentin Lake:

Rams' David Edwards for My Cleats My Cause
I chose Warrior Rising because I believe in its mission and purpose...to empower our nation's true heroes

Listen to David Edwards:

Rams' Riley Dickson for My Cleats My Cause
This thing means the world to me because my good friend has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer

Listen to Riley Dixon:

Rams' Nick Scott for My Cleats My Cause
I have met and heard stories from children and families affected by childhood cancer. This cause helps cover the cost of treatment

Listen to Nick Scott:

Rams' Tyler Higbee for My Cleats My Cause
I chose Special Olympics because...sports + teamwork allows athletes to compete against each other...brings everyone together.
Rams' Brian Allen for My Cleats My Cause
I have chosen the Michael Sadler Foundation and the Navy Seal Foundation, both of which are close to me and support causes close to my heart

Listen to Brian Allen:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-12-02/rams-my-cleats-my-cause My Cleats, My Cause: Rams share more about charities they honored

Emma Bowman

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