Dallas Cowboys tight end Luke Schoonmaker will spotlight the Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation with special cleats during this week's Thursday Night Football game.
It's part of the NFL's My Cause My Cleats campaign. During weeks 13 and 14 of the season, NFL Players are wearing customized cleats in honor of the causes they have chosen to support.
Schoonmaker, 25, said in a video that the decision came about thanks to his brother, who is serving in the Marine Corps.
“I’m thankful & blessed that my brother continues to serve every single day, & [I’m] so proud of him.” @LukeSchoonmaker spotlights the Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation in honor of his brother Jack, Marine Cpl. Lopez and all those currently serving our country #MyCauseMyCleats pic.twitter.com/a1Zrc4brZM— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 29, 2023
"I wanted to do something with him. Something that he was connected to in some way." Schoonmaker said. "...he came to me and explained, just kind of the background of Hunter's story and the relation my brother had to him."
Schoonmaker continued, "My brother was in Quantico this past year training and his platoon commander, Captain Hoffman, was over in Kabul and one of his members of his squadron, Hunter Lopez, was killed in action.
Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez was killed in a terrorist attack during evacuations at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. He was just 22 years old.
Hunter was born in Palm Springs, grew up in Indio, and graduated from La Quinta High School in 2017. He is survived by his parents, Herman and Alicia, brother Owen and sister Trinity.
Lopez was one of 13 service members who were killed in the attacks.
"My cause is to support his foundation and to, of course, remember his name and all those that were lost in that squadron and also Captain Hoffman as well, and my brother Jack," Schoonmaker said.
The Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation gave their support for Schoonmaker on social media.
The Lopez family created the "Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation" to help those who protect and serve our nation.
The foundation has already sponsored service dogs for active service members and sponsored several families to attend their children's graduation from Marine boot camp.
To donate visit: https://hunterlopezmemorialfoundation.org/
A scholarship fund was also established in Hunter's name for students at La Quinta High School who pursue careers in public service.
The family has also created the "Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation" to help those who protect and serve our nation.
Check out some of our coverage of Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez over the past two years:
- Community gathers to honor Cpl Hunter Lopez and 12 servicemembers killed one year ago
- Family of fallen Marine Corp. Hunter Lopez seeks accountability on his death during Kabul evacuations
- Hunter Lopez saber vigil & Gold Star monument unveiling in La Quinta
- Parents of servicemembers killed in Kabul terrorist attack demand answers from Biden Admin
- ‘Land of the free because of the brave’: Coachella Valley procession honors fallen Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez
- Tributes continue in memory of fallen Marine and Coachella Valley resident Hunter Lopez
- ‘We’re not mourning alone:’ Cpl. Hunter Lopez’s family receives community support at Indio candlelight vigil
- ‘I’m just going to bring him along with every footstep that I take.’ Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez’s brother opens up about sibling’s life and final moments
- Fourth grade class honors fallen Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez with cards for family
- La Quinta volleyball team honors Cpl. Hunter Lopez and family prior to first league game
- City of Indio honors fallen Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez with memorial at city hall
- Hunter Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund established to honor fallen Marine, aid students pursuing public service
- Fallen Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez honored at La Quinta childhood schools
- Hunter Lopez, U.S. marine killed in Afghanistan bombing, honored at La Quinta High football game
- Honoring Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez: Public viewing in La Quinta
- Local car show raises funds for Hunter Lopez Scholarship and Save a Warrior Foundation