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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FOUNDATION PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT NEW IMPACT TO TEACHERS


October 8, 2015

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, visit www.facebook.com/CollegeFootballPlayoff and www.collegefootballplayoff.com/eyft-awareness-week.

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About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.  Teachers at over 65 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.8 million people have donated $356 million to projects that inspire them. Over 15 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 Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
Extra Yard for Teachers is the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative to honor, celebrate, inspire and empower great teachers nationally and in the communities that host the College Football Playoff. Extra Yard for Teachers seeks to support teachers through the development and implementation of programs in four key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, professional development and leadership training, and by inspiring a college-going culture.

About ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.