College Football Playoff Foundation Partners With Atlantic Coast Conference in Support Of Teachers

November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018
CONTACT: Gina Lehe, 469-262-5200


IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the third consecutive year to make a difference for teachers through the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) platform. ACC universities have made a positive impact in their communities throughout the college football season, including in-game recognition of local teachers, social media testimonials from coaches and student-athletes supporting educators, and select classroom project requests funded through, a crowdfunding platform that allows teachers to request school supplies for their classrooms. EYFT programming will also be a focus before and during the weekend of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, slated for Saturday, December 1, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • On Monday, November 26, the funding of projects took place in Charlotte and in the communities of the Atlantic and Coastal Division Champions, Clemson and Pitt. In total, 34,030 students at 152 schools received financial support, with 325 projects fully funded in Charlotte, Pittsburgh and the communities surrounding Clemson.

  • On Friday, November 30, the ACC mascots will participate in a pep rally at Crown Point Elementary School, selected as part of the conference’s partnership with United Way of Central Carolinas. Students from two additional schools that participated in the ACC United Way Reading Challenge will also attend. The ACC will present gift cards to the principals of each school and to select teachers in recognition of their participation.

  •  On Saturday, December 1, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teacher of the Year finalists will be invited to attend the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The finalists will be recognized on the field and each presented gift cards.

“We are very grateful for the partnership and the extraordinary support we have received from the ACC and its members,” said CFP Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “We are also pleased to recognize the amazing work of the teachers in Charlotte in conjunction with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. We want to thank them for the important role they play in our children’s future.”

“Education is a cornerstone for our league and our member institutions,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Through our three-year partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation, we have provided valuable resources for more than 73,000 students. We’re proud of the impact we’ve had on communities throughout the ACC and are excited to continue celebrating educators at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.”

For more information about the CFP Foundation, visit

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 66th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (

Sharon Lyle