Press Release

New Year's Six Bowl Games Support Extra Yard for Teachers

Partnerships between the College Football Playoff Foundation and bowl games raise millions to celebrate teachers across the country

IRVING, Texas – While student-athletes make unforgettable memories by competing in this year’s college football bowl season, teachers from across the country are also big winners. This fall, partnerships between the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the College Football Playoff (CFP) New Year’s Six Bowl Games provided $2.065 million in grants for teachers, who will benefit from increased classroom funding, professional development opportunities, and additional programs that will help mold young minds into leaders of tomorrow.

The CFP Foundation and the CFP New Year’s Six Bowl Games (Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl), as well as Florida Citrus Sports and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, committed the funds towards educational programming in line with the mission of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Extra Yard for Teachers aims to be the largest initiative ever undertaken by a U.S. sports entity to support and uplift the teaching profession (K-12).

“The bowl season is committed to providing terrific experiences for our student-athletes,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “However, it also provides a powerful platform. Our New Year’s Six Bowl partners, along with our friends at Florida Citrus Sports and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, are committed to supporting teachers through providing necessary funds to enable these educators to do the vital work they are so passionate about.”

Since its inception in 2013, the CFP Foundation has distributed more than $10.69 million via donations in CFP host cities, partnerships with bowls games and athletic conferences, and through funds generated by sales of CFP licensed products. In just three seasons, the CFP Foundation has impacted 1.386 million students, 41,607 teachers and 5,571 schools (grades K-12).

Here is a summary of the initiatives undertaken by the CFP Foundation and the New Year’s Six Bowl games this season:

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

The CFP Foundation and Goodyear Cotton Bowl gifted Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy with $100,000 to ensure that all students at the school will have the opportunity to visit a college campus prior to graduating high school. Funds will also go to offset other enrichment and exposure priorities.

Capital One Orange Bowl

The CFP Foundation and Capital One Orange Bowl united to support public school education in South Florida with grants that will roll out over the next three years. In 2016, the Orange Bowl Committee and CFP Foundation each donated $75,000 to fund teacher classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org. The CFP Foundation also granted funds dedicated towards the underwriting, training and development of the participating teacher facilitators in the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and CFP Foundation partnered to fund an initiative to improve early childhood literacy among kindergarten through fifth grade students in Atlanta, GA. This partnership allows Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to train more than 1,000 educators over a 2-3 year period in a specialized curriculum and better equip them to teach reading to students during their critical early years.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and CFP Foundation partnered through a brand new program called Wishes for Teachers designed to fund educational projects posted by teachers across the state of Arizona. Teachers applied for a grant through WishesForTeachers.org by answering a few simple questions including the most important question of “What is your $5,000 wish and how will it be used to positively impact your students?” In total, over 2,400 submissions were received in the program’s inaugural year. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl engaged people and organizations to help randomly draw 100 teachers who were granted their $5,000 wish.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

The CFP Foundation and Rose Bowl worked with the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) to provide grants to Pasadena Unified Schools District (PUSD) teachers and principals supported by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Science labs, iPads for mobile journalism, musical instruments, wireless language learning stations, outdoor classrooms with edible gardens and aquaponics, are just a few of the diverse and vibrant educational projects that the 2016 PEF Teacher Grants are supporting. For the first time in the more than 40 years, PEF funded every PUSD school benefitting thousands of students.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

The CFP Foundation and the Allstate Sugar Bowl came together to support Teach for America New Orleans. The donation to Teach For America will augment the efforts to strengthen education in low-income areas of the city. This is the second year in a row that the Allstate Sugar Bowl and CFP Foundation has donated to Teach for America New Orleans.