April 22 is Earth Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. Earth Day serves as a reminder to protect the environment and is a day when many reflect on the beauty of the planet and what can be done to preserve the Earth.
Many athletes participate in the celebration of the day in various ways and this year Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz is using his shoes to raise awareness.
He wears cleats that have images of the Earth and feature El Moro De Montecristi, Dominican Republic, the island he is from. The Nike cleats are blue and green and say “Players For The Planet” near the toes.
Here is an overview of his custom cleats:
Players for the Planet describes itself as “a non-profit environmental organization bringing together professional athletes to create positive change for our environment”.
The cleats were made by Stadium Custom Kicks for Earth Day. If you like these cleats, they could be yours, as the shoes will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Players For The Planet.
Players For The Planet was founded by former Major League Baseball outfielder Chris Dickerson.