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College Football Playoff Foundation and ESPN Fund Louisville-Area Classroom Projects

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation today announced the financial backing of over 120 DonorsChoose.org classroom project requests at under-resourced schools in the Louisville metropolitan area. Over 12,000 students and 100 teachers will benefit from the donation.

“We are proud to collaborate with ESPN to make a difference in this great community,” said Britton Banowsky, Executive Director of the CFP Foundation. “We are fortunate to be able to use the platform provided by the popularity of college football to support classrooms in need.”

The announcement comes in celebration of Extra Yard for Teachers Week, an eight-day period dedicated to recognizing educators throughout the country. Spanning Saturday, September 17 to Saturday, September 24, the CFP Foundation and its partners, along with universities, bowls, and conferences, will focus on teachers in various communities.

Teams from across the country will celebrate educators during Extra Yard for Teachers Week by going above and beyond to inspire and empower quality teachers. Nearly twenty teachers from Louisville, recognized during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast, will also be recognized on field during the Florida State vs. Louisville game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Since 2015, the CFP Foundation and ESPN have flash funded over 2,700 classroom projects in multiple communities, benefiting over 250,000 students. To date, the CFP Foundation has provided more than $5 million dollars in supporting education through the following initiatives: 1) Direct Provision of Resources, 2) Teacher Recognition, and (3) Professional Development. Visit www.cfp-foundation.org for more information on the CFP Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers.

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