KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three members of Kansas City’s Big Brothers Big Sisters organization are being recognized for their designs used to create cleats for Kansas City Chiefs player L’Jarius Sneed.
Sneed will wear the custom footwear during Sunday’s upcoming home game against the Denver Broncos.
It’s part of the “My Cause My Cleats” initiative where the NFL lets players sport shoes promoting a movement, charity or organization.
“I feel really honored, and amazed and proud of myself that I did that and I was chosen to do that,” said 17-year-old Sandivel Lomeli-Cano.
FOX4 met with Lomeli-Cano and 4th grader Yasmin Hunter on Thursday. They’re two of three kids chosen to create the cleats Sneed will wear Sunday.
Their individual designs were combined for the final product.
Covered in flames and waves along with “hi” up front and “bye” in the back, the message is meaningful.
“Waves can knock you down, peer pressure you, suffocating all that pressure on you,” Cano said. “Once the ocean water calms down, you can swim back up.”
“She had told me that day that it represented freedom. It was more than just about the drawing for her as far as pushing, also trying to get her out of her shell,” Hunter’s mom Erica Rose said. “Fourth graders don’t usually get to do something like that.”
Sneed previously teamed up with the organization to create the L’Jarius Sneed Dreambuilders Fund, which gives kids the opportunity to do things they love without worrying about finances.
“The kids, that’s the first thing I was doing it for, you know, just to help them out,” Sneed said in a video from the Chiefs. “I didn’t have that when I was little, so I always wanted to give back to the kids.”
After the game, these custom cleats will be auctioned off. The money raised will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.
“It’s just honestly giving us an opportunity to share the need for our program and share the need for more Bigs and Littles to enroll so we can provide more support through the community,” said Kristi Hutchison, chief marketing officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.
View other player’s cleats and causes here.