Press Release

College Football Playoff Teams Up With DonorsChoose.org to Help Funding of Extra Yard for Teachers

Crowdfunding non-profit enables college football fans across the nation to help classrooms in need

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation announced today that it will partner with DonorsChoose.org to support education through the CFP’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative.

“We are honored to team up with DonorsChoose.org to assist in the awareness of the College Football Foundation’s philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers,” said Bill Hancock Executive Director of the College Football Playoff. “With the resources and outreach available through DonorsChoose.org, we have an opportunity for a significant effect not only in our local community, but in classrooms across the country.”

Extra Yard for Teachers consists of four program components: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, inspiring a college-going culture, and professional development and leadership training. Through its partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the College Football Playoff Foundation will have the tools necessary to provide and direct financial support to assist public school teachers with classroom project requests.

“Great college football starts in our schools, and too many teachers lack the resources their students need to prepare for a college education,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “We’re thrilled to have the College Football Playoff Foundation helping us mobilize football fans nationwide to support teachers in high-need classrooms across America.”

To help support the College Football Foundation’s nationwide initiative Extra Yard for Teachers, visit www.donorschoose.org/college-football-playoff today. From August 4 through August 31, individuals who donate at least $10 through this link will be placed into a drawing to win two tickets to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship to be played January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Shawn Moore, the College Football Playoff’s Director of Community Relations, at smoore@collegefootballplayoff.com or visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com/foundation.

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About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $247 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-15 season. The semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 will face No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The first semifinals will be January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.