All 44 Bowl Games Honor and Celebrate Teachers Nationwide
DALLAS (Sept. 23, 2021) – Each of the 44 bowl games under the Bowl Season umbrella came together to honor and support local teachers in each respective bowl market as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s second annual Big Day for Teachers. Part of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week, The Big Day was held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, a designated day that mobilized the college football community to celebrate educators.
The CFP Foundation reported significant growth nationwide for The Big Day, a large part coming from the complete participation of Bowl Season.
Bowl Season and the CFP Foundation announced a new partnership in August, which not only included efforts on The Big Day, but also the opportunity to participate in an Extra Yard for Teachers recognition and grant-matching program during Bowl Season in December and January. This new program will be available to all bowl games in addition to the funding provided through existing bowl partnerships (projected at $2 million for the 2021-22 football season). This partnership with Bowl Season has the potential to bring $500,000 in additional support to teachers and students.
“We’re thrilled that all 44 of our bowl games came together to each honor a teacher as part of The Big Day,” said Nick Carparelli, executive director of Bowl Season. “Bowl Season was delighted to work with Extra Yard for Teachers in helping make the event a national success. Teachers are so important, especially with all they have had to work through over the last 18 months. We’re excited to help grow the effort and support teachers across the country.”
Each bowl game was provided with a $1,000 DonorsChoose gift card through the CFP Foundation to present to a local teacher on The Big Day.
“We are grateful for the generous support of amazing partners like Bowl Season and all of the bowl organizations,” said Britton Banowsky, executive director of the CFP Foundation. “The college football community came together for the Big Day and it was fantastic to see each and every bowl game participate in support of teachers.”
Other highlights from The Big Day included the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program distributed out additional grants to Arizona teachers who were grant runners-up last year. The Cotton Bowl Foundation honored Dallas-area teachers through a $50,000 grant to Catch Up & Read and a $50,000 grant to Urban Teachers.
About Bowl Season
Bowl Season is the collective coalition of the 44 bowl games played in the traditional college football postseason. Dubbed “A Celebration of College Football,” Bowl Season promotes the grand tradition of the bowl system and its endearing value to student-athletes. It also highlights the broader university and college communities, including spirit squads, marching bands, athletic staff and fans. A nonprofit, Bowl Season spotlights the distinctiveness of each of the bowl games along with their histories and traditions, embracing and honoring the bowl experience for present and future generations.
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community engagement 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 cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.