Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville is home to the Roberto Clemente Museum.
But the current attraction features Steelers mementoes: decorated, game-worn cleats to be auctioned off to raise money for to fight sickle cell anemia.
“Cleats for a Cure” will benefit Steelers safety Ryan Clark’s Cure League.
“I lost my sister-in-law to this deadly and fatal disease,” Clark says. “And I didn’t know much about it, even though I have the trait myself. So, for someone else not having to die at the age of 27, that’s why I support it.”
Museum owner Duane Rieder says the cleats will be painted by local artists, and include players signatures. Cleats worn by Ryan Clark, painted pink, give a nod to breast cancer awareness.
Museum owner and artist Duane Rieder says: “We’re trying not to mess the cleats up, because they have a lot of value as a game worn pair of Steelers cleats. And a lot of athletes signed these ahead of time, so you can’t go ahead and paint this and destroy the signature.”
He also exhibited a painted pair of Troy Polamalu’s cleats.
“He wanted something to do with surfing; Troy’s into surfing now, so we thought – don’t mess up the cleats, we’ll have them hanging 10 right on a piece of surfboard,” said Rieder.
Players’ cleats and other memorabilia will be auctioned off Monday at 7 p.m. at Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville.
For more information, log on to: Ryan Clark’s Cleats for a Cure