The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation announced details today for the fifth annual Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) Week Celebration, which will be held from September 14-21, 2019.
EYFT Week is a nationwide celebration of teachers, led by the CFP Foundation within the platform of college football. Created in 2015, EYFT Week provides an opportunity for universities, coaches and student-athletes to take part in its mission of elevating the teaching profession through inspiring and empowering teachers, as well as creating awareness for the growing EYFT platform. The CFP Foundation will work in close partnership with colleges and universities, conferences, bowls, ESPN, and education supporters to honor and recognize the meaningful work of teachers for the entire week. Teachers will be celebrated on college campuses and in stadiums across the country.
The largest sports entity supporting education in America, the CFP Foundation encourages all to envision a country in which our greatest assets, teachers, are given the resources, recognition and professional development to help them prepare students for success. The CFP Foundation has invested approximately $30 million in support of K-through-12 education, supporting more than 250,000 teachers nationwide and creating a positive impact for more than six million students.
“Extra Yard for Teachers Week is a special opportunity to highlight and celebrate great teachers across the country,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “The influence and guidance they give our kids are priceless. Teachers are the most valuable resource in our country and we thank them for the important role they play in forming the minds of the future generation.”
Entities in college football will be participating in the celebration in the following ways:
- Teachers honored at over 70 schools’ home games during EYFT Week and throughout the year
- ESPN College GameDay televising segments recognizing local teachers
- In-game support, including helmet decals worn by student-athletes
- Social media testimonials from coaches, student-athletes and fans about the impact of educators
- Funding of select DonorsChoose.org classroom project requests
Fans are encouraged to stay informed on the latest from EYFT Week by following @CFPExtraYard on social media channels. Fans can also get involved with the conversation by sharing their own stories about teachers who impacted them and using the #ExtraYardWeek hashtag. In addition, those looking to support EYFT can add a @CFPExtraYard donation sticker to their Instagram stories to help raise awareness and donations among their friends. These donations enable the CFP Foundation to continue directly funding teachers’ resources through its existing grant program with conferences and bowl game partners.
For more information about the CFP Foundation, visit cfp-foundation.org.