In the NFL, weeks 13 and 14 are “My Cause, My Cleats” weeks. During these weeks, players are able to wear custom cleats to support whatever cause they choose.
For this season, Saquon wore a pair of Nike Vapor Edge 360 Pros supporting 22Q. 22Q (22q11.2 deletion syndrome) is a genetic disorder caused by a missing section (microdeletion) of chromosome 22, which is present from the time a child is conceived. The 22q11.2 deletion is almost as common as Down syndrome. It is present in 1 out of every 1,000 live pregnancies, in 1 in 68 children with congenital heart disease, and in 5 to 8 percent of children born with cleft palate. The deletion has the potential to affect almost every system in the body and can cause a wide range of health problems — although no two people are ever exactly alike or affected in the same way.
Saquon’s cleats were painted purple with pink accents and small 22Q logos throughout. On the outer part of the heel, there’s a photo of Saquon and his niece, Amirah, who has 22Q is one of the major reasons Saquon continues to support this cause. Check out Amirah’s story below.
If you want to learn more about 22Q, check out 22Q.org.