My Cause My Cleats: Rams honor a father who died by suicide, veterans and more


Matt Skura hopes to help others who are struggling while remembering his father Sunday.

During the NFL’s annual My Cause My Cleats celebration, the Rams center will wear custom yellow and gold cleats supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The cleats feature the words “Out Of The Darkness” and “Douglas Skura Memorial Fund.”

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

Rams’ Matt Skura for My Cause My Cleats
I chose to represent the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to honor my Dad who took his own life in March

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Douglas Skura was a 61-year-old orthopedic surgeon based in Ohio, where he lived with his wife and raised his three sons.

“It’s something that we’ve never dealt with in my family,” Matt Skura said of suicide. “It’s just been, obviously, a difficult transition. But you also understand how precious life is. You understand to really take mental health issues seriously and a lot of times, too, you can still do everything you can to help someone and sometimes it still can end up in a bad way.”

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

Ten more Rams showed The Times their cleats and shared why they chose the causes they will honor Sunday.

Rams’ Chandler Brewer for My Cause My Cleats
Handwriting: This cause means the world to me with my history of cancer. Can't think of a better cause to support.

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Rams’ Jake Gervase for My Cause My Cleats
It is not only a way to honor Reid and his family but also helping families who are battling pediatric cancer

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Rams’ Jordan Fuller for My Cause My Cleats
I chose the JLH Social Impact Fund because they help minority-owned businesses hit the ground running

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Rams’ Maximilian Pircher for My Cause My Cleats
I chose O.w.C because they support many projects related to sport and are based in Europe where football is growing

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Rams’ Quentin Lake for My Cause My Cleats
I chose to represent the sickle cell foundation because it is close to me and my family

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Rams’ David Edwards for My Cause My Cleats
I chose Warrior Rising because I believe in the mission and purpose ... empowering the true heroes of our nation

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Rams’ Riley Dickson for My Cause My Cleats
This cause means the world to me because my good friend was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer

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Rams’ Nick Scott for My Cause My Cleats
I've met and heard stories of kids and families affected by pediatric cancer. This cause helps cover the costs of treatment

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Rams’ Tyler Higbee for My Cause My Cleats
I chose the Special Olympics because ... allowing athletes to compete through sport + teamwork ... brings everyone together.
Rams’ Brian Allen for My Cause My Cleats
I chose the Michael Sadler Foundation as well as the Navy Seal Foundation, both close to me & support causes I care about

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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 those experiencing a mental health crisis.