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NFL Star Puts AIU Cause On Cleats

Jackson Salutes Stand for Children Through NFL Initiative

An NFL star from Western Pennsylvania will support an initiative near and dear to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit – by using his feet. Dane Jackson, a cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, will wear the Stand for Children logo on his cleats for the Bills’ game vs the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, December 10. The cleats, worn as part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats initiative will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the Stand for Children fund.

A man smiles and makes a 'peace' sign while standing next to another smiling man. Jackson (pictured at left) is the nephew of Mike Smith, Sto-Rox Family Center Site Director (at right) who helped make this special shoe wear happen. Jackson was a star in football at Cornell High School – where Smith coached him – and the University of Pittsburgh before reaching the NFL. Smith is very proud of his nephew and his dedication to Stand for Children, in addition to his football accomplishments.

This initiative is happening at a special time of year for Stand with Children. The Stand for Children Giving Tree goes up every November in the cafeteria at the AIU central office in Homestead. This year, it will appear the week of November 13th. AIU staffers are encouraged to take tags on the tree to provide toys and other gifts for children supported by AIU programs. Gifts do not need to be wrapped and they must be placed under the tree by Monday, December 4.