NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A non-profit group with ties to East Texas will be featured on the cleats of an NFL player this weekend. Denver Broncos running back Andy Janovich will wear cleats designed for the Hunting with Soldiers charity.
It is all part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My CLeats program”. Players are alowed to have custom cleats made for something they hope to raise awareness and money for. The Charity was approached earlier in the season. Huntington native and group founder Gordon Melton was hesitant at first.
“I got an email from the Broncos and I was thinking it was hoax so I started doing some digging,” Melton said. “I felt like a kid in the candy store with $100. I was just so excited. It is the most exciting thing that has happened. We have had some wonderful hunts and to see this it could bring more funds to help more combat veterans.”
The shoes will be worn by Broncos Fullback Andy Janovich.
“I had never met him before,” Melton said. “He reached out to us. He said he has a love for veterans and he like hunting so he thought it was the perfect group to help.”
Melton will be at the game on Saturday. He bought a lower level ticket and will be watching closely when Janovich. takes the field. It will be the fir st NFL game he has ever been to. Until recently he was not sure he would ever go to a game after the recent controversy with players kneeling during the national anthem.
“I am not going to watch an NFL game,” Melton said. “I am going to watch a NFL player who supports our organization and supports our country and stands for our flag. What the other players do is their business.”
Win or loose for Melton, getitng exposure out on his group that provides hunts to veterans is the ultimate win.
“If we can get more help that goes back to helping veterans and decreases the suicide rate then it is a win for all of us.”
At the end of the season, the cleats will be auctioned off and the money will go back to Hunting with Soldiers.
For more details on Melton’s group, click here.