College Football Playoff Foundation Partners With The Cotton Bowl To Support North Texas Teachers

March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019
CONTACT: Gina Lehe, 469-262-5200

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Cotton Bowl Foundation to support teachers in North Texas.

Alongside the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform, the Cotton Bowl Foundation has awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to Teaching Trust and Urban Teachers, both of which are organizations that focus on the development and support for teachers. Each foundation donated $100,000, divided equally between the two educational organizations.

“The CFP Foundation is proud to partner with the Cotton Bowl Foundation to help support North Texas teachers,” said Britton Banowsky, CFP Foundation Executive Director. “Teachers strive for excellence every day. Development and support for them is paramount around everything we do through the Extra Yard for Teachers platform.”

“The Cotton Bowl Foundation strongly believes that we should participate in our communities in the spirit of the grand tradition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to help make an impact on the children and educators of our community 365 days a year,” said Carl Ice, Cotton Bowl Foundation Chairman. “We’re proud to partner with the CFP Foundation to recognize two tremendous organizations that are making a huge difference here in North Texas and ultimately transforming lives.”

Teaching Trust is a Dallas-based educational leadership development organization, and its $100,000 will go to support its three core programs: Aspiring Leaders, Leadership Teams, and Community of Educators. Teaching Trust targets principals and teachers in Title I schools across North Texas, where 84 percent of students served are economically disadvantaged.

Teaching Trust works to eliminate the opportunity gap for low-income students through a focus on strong school leadership by providing targeted training, coaching, and support for current educators working in the region’s highest need schools.

“We are so grateful for the generous support from the Cotton Bowl Foundation and the CFP Foundation, helping Teaching Trust’s efforts to build the leadership capacity of school leaders and educators across North Texas,” said Patrick Haugh, Teaching Trust Chief Executive Officer. “With this gift, more educators will be equipped with the skills and practices needed to close the opportunity gap and transform academic and life outcomes for their students.”

The $100,000 grant for the Dallas/Fort Worth site of Urban Teachers will support the organization’s mission of improving educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers who accelerate student achievement and disrupt systems of racial and socioeconomic inequity. The funds will contribute to the ongoing support of the comprehensive four-year teacher residency program.

Urban Teachers prepares recent college graduates to be effective classroom teachers via a state-of-the-art four-year program that includes a year-long residency, 1,500 hours of clinical coursework and a Master of Science in Education degree. Urban Teachers educators in Dallas earn certifications in a core content area, special education and English language learning. Throughout the program, teachers receive one-on-one coaching and support from veteran educators.

“We are honored to partner with the Cotton Bowl Foundation and the CFP Foundation in the critical work of supporting Dallas teachers,” said Peter Shulman, CEO of Urban Teachers. “We know that effective teachers are the most important influence on children’s learning, and it is inspiring to see these great organizations and Dallas community rally around the Urban Teachers program to prepare outstanding career teachers for Dallas schools.”

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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 Cotton Bowl Foundation
The Cotton Bowl Foundation is the official foundation associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s mission is to serve the communities associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth. The Foundation’s vision is to make an impact on those who play the game, attend the game and support the game. Since the Cotton Bowl Foundation began awarding grants in 2016, the Foundation has given nearly $1,000,000 in grants.

Sharon Lyle