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Broncos staff members select causes for 2017 My Cause My Cleats

The Broncos will wear special, customized cleats this week in support of a charity of their choosing as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats initiative. (Photos by Scott Ward)

This year for My Cause My Cleats, the Broncos gave the organization's staff the opportunity to spotlight specific causes near and dear to their hearts through an open submission process. The causes they shared are listed below, divided into five categories: youth development, military appreciation, animals, social responsibility and health and wellness.

ACE Scholarships
Providing scholarships to children in low-income families
Adam's Camp Realizing the potential and developing strengths of children and young adults with special needs
Compassion International Holistic child development through sponsorship
Dolls for Daughters Supporting underprivileged children and families in Colorado
Financial education for low-income teens
Playworks Colorado Creating healthy play environments for children
STOMP Out Bullying Preventing and reducing bullying and cyberbullying through changing culture for students
YMCA Creating programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all
Colorado Supporting Our Troops Sends care packages to military members serving in harm's way
Operation HomeFront Building strong, stable and secure military families
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one
USO Keeps military service members connected to family, home and country
Wounded Warrior Project Honoring and empowering wounded warriors
ASPCA Preventing cruelty to animals in the United States
Denver Dumb Friends League Ending pet homelessness and animal suffering
Foothills Animal Shelter Providing the best care possible for every animal that enters its doors
PETA Establishing and defending the rights of all animals
The Dolphin Research Center Teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment we share
The Humane Society of the United States Providing care to animals and confronting problems facing animals
American Red Cross Preventing and relieving suffering at home and around the world
Equal Justice Initiative Challenges poverty and racial injustice
International Justice Mission Protects the poor from violence in the developing world
Music for Relief Provides aid to natural disaster survivors and protects the environment
Adaptive Sports Center To enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities
ALS Association To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve people affected by ALS
Alzheimer's Association To advance research, providing care and support to all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia
American Cancer Society To fund and conducting research to free the world from cancer, sharing information and supporting patients
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Raising awareness, funding research and providing resources and aid to those affected by suicide
American Heart Association To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke
Autism Speaks Promotes solutions for the needs of individuals with autism, increases undertstanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder and advances research
Best Buddies International Creates opportunities for friendships, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Chelsea Hutchison Foundation Provides help and support to individuals who have epilepsy
Children's Hospital Colorado Improves the children's health through high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy
Colorectal Cancer Alliance Addresses the needs of those affected by colon and rectal cancer
Gabby Krause Foundation (Bags of Fun) Brings joy, laughter and relief to children fighting life-threatening diseases or conditions
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope
Irlen Syndrome Foundation Raising awareness of Irlen Syndrome to increase proper identification and alleviate difficulties associated with the syndrome
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families
Lupus Colorado To improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus and to promote efforts for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of lupus
Lupus Foundation of America To solve the mystery of lupus and give support to those who suffer from it
Make-A-Wish Foundation To grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition
Mental Health America To address the needs of those living with mental illness and to promote the overall mental health of all Americans
Muscular Dystrophy Association To free individuals and the families who love them from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases
National CMV Foundation To inform and educate others on prevention measures to protect against the risk of CMV infection
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline To provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress in the United States
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep To introduce remebrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture
Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation To provide the public and medical communities with information on adverse allergic drug reactions
Susan G. Komen To save lives by meeting critical needs in our communities and invest in research to prevent and cure breast cancer
Team IMPACT To connect children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college athletic teams
There with Care To provide fundamental services to children and families during a medical crisis

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