Press Release

College Football Playoff Foundation Provides Significant New Impact to Teachers

Classroom project funding across the nation activated in kickoff of inaugural Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation today announced a widespread financial backing of K-through-12 classroom projects in multiple communities, totaling over $300,000 in support.

On Tuesday, October 6, the CFP Foundation and the Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) funded more than 50 classroom projects in Glendale, Ariz., site of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, in conjunction with DonorsChoose.org. More than $35,000 was awarded to fulfill a variety of classroom needs ranging from new school supplies, books and technology, to field trips and science experiment kits. More than 10,000 students were positively affected.

“Our mission is to recognize and support our teachers, whose dedication and amazing efforts make a difference in the lives of so many,” said Britton Banowsky, Executive Director of the CFP Foundation. “Providing resources is critical and we are proud to partner with ESPN and with our friends at DonorsChoose.org to make this happen in so many classrooms across the country.”

Additional flash funding has taken place in the cities of colleges and universities that have gone the extra yard by participating in on-campus activation celebrating Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week on Saturday, October 10. These communities include Tulsa, Okla.; Iowa City, Iowa; Lubbock, Texas; Clemson, S.C.; Bowling Green, Ky.; Tucson, Ariz.; South Bend, Ind.; Provo, Utah; Toledo, Ohio and Fort Collins, Colo.

Special activation will also take place in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, in connection with ESPN’s College GameDay telecast. ESPN, the official broadcaster of the College Football Playoff, continues its support of the CFP Foundation and DonorsChoose.org, making it possible to fund more than 400 projects, benefiting almost 40,000 students in the 12 communities.

“As a founding partner, we’re proud to once again support College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program, “ said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “Together with the CFP Foundation, we hope to inspire the next generation of sports fans to reach their fullest potential by funding their greatest classroom needs.”

Through the College Football Playoff and DonorsChoose.org partnership, which began in August 2014, the CFP Foundation has provided direct financial support and assistance to teachers. In 2014-15, this included the funding of projects at schools in Pasadena Calif.; New Orleans, La. and North Texas – the areas that hosted the semifinals and championship game of the inaugural College Football Playoff. On January 10, the CFP Foundation and ESPN fully funded all Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and Arlington Independent School District (AISD) projects on DonorsChoose.org, the largest flash funding of classroom projects in the state of Texas.

“Thanks to the College Football Playoff Foundation, hundreds of teachers across the country won’t have to dig as deep into their own pockets to play for classroom supplies,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org.  “We are humbled by the commitment the College Football Playoff Foundation has made to ensuring students have the materials and resources they need most.”

The financial backing of classroom projects and the direct provision of resources is just one of the many elements initiated in celebration of Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week. To learn more, follow @CFBPlayoff and @CFPExtaYard on Twitter, visitwww.facebook.com/CollegeFootballPlayoff and www.collegefootballplayoff.com/eyft-awareness-week.