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Extra Yard for Teachers

Extra Yard for Teachers


Championing Great Classroom Leaders.

Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) is the CFP Foundation’s primary initiative. The mission of Extra Yard for Teachers is to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers.

College football is the most readily visible representation of students achieving their dreams of attending college. This road to college is often attributed to the support and commitment of gifted teachers. Throughout the months and weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship, we take time to focus on the people who helped student-athletes across the country reach their dreams of attending college: teachers.

Program Components

Teachers are often overlooked and under-appreciated. We want to change that. It’s time we go the extra yard for those who have gone the extra yard for us!

How did Extra Yard for Teachers help educators in Arizona in 2016? Click here to find out!


SAVE THE DATE! Extra Yard for Teachers Week is September 17-24, 2016.

Join the College Football Playoff in celebrating teachers across the country! This September, we will increase awareness for the EYFT initiative, a program that helps countless teachers, students and classrooms across America. On-campus activation and various community events to be announced soon.

To view a recap of 2015 EYFT Awareness Week, click here.

Direct Provision of Resources


Providing and directing funds to support public school teachers with classroom project requests through a partnership with

LogoTagline is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help teachers and students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site. This platform allows donors to give any dollar amount to the project until it is fully funded.

Visit the website today to learn more about this organization.


Since its launch, the CFP Foundation has had the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the nation through the platform.


  • $2,200,000 donated
  • 6,389 projects fully funded
  • 4,396 schools reached
  • 611,499+ students impacted
  • At least one (1) project funded in all 50 states

Teacher Recognition


Honoring and recognizing local teachers each year at and around the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The College Football Playoff Foundation recognizes teachers in two major ways surrounding the national championship game: 1) Hosting the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit that celebrates educators in a fast-paced, half-day gathering, and 2) Hosting the Teachers of the Year and guests at the national championship game and recognizing these teachers in-game.

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Extra Yard for Teachers Summit

The Summit is a fast-paced, half-day gathering of teachers coming together to hear inspiring speakers and incredible performances who are all there for one reason: to recognize the hard work of those on the front lines of educating our kids. Let’s put teachers on center stage!

Tampa, Florida
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Tampa Convention Center

In 2016, the EYFT Summit took place in both Phoenix, AZ, where the national championship game took place, and in Dallas, TX, where the event debuted in 2015.

Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center – South Ballroom

Dallas, Texas
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Visit the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit website for more information.



iTeach Project

Debuting alongside the Summit, the iTeach Project is an initiative to capture the voices and stories of teachers everywhere. Teachers have the opportunity to submit accounts of their stories of why they teach.

The iTeach Project is repository of stories in teachers’ own voices about their experiences teaching: the good, the bad, and the funny. The common denominator will be that all stories celebrate teachers and the hard work they do. By coming together and realizing that teachers aren’t in it alone, the hope for the project is to foster a sense of community and pride in being a teacher.

Teachers everywhere are invited to submit their stories in the form of videos, written stories, audio clips, or even visual illustrations about life as a teacher. If you are a teacher, please visit the iTeach Project website to submit your story and hear other educators tell their story.


2016 Arizona Teachers of the Year

In November 2015, the Arizona Educational Foundation named the 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year as well as four (4) additional four Teacher of the Year finalists referred to as “Ambassadors for Excellence.” They will serve along the Teacher of the Year as spokespersons for their profession, advocating for excellence in the classroom by making presentations statewide to education, civic, government and professional organizations.

Congratulations to the 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors for Excellence!

Teacher of the Year
Christine Marsh
High School AP English Teacher
Chaparral High School

Ambassadors for Excellence
Angelia Ebner, M.Ed., NBCT
5th Grade Teacher
Maricopa Elementary School

Mike Vargas
Freshman Physics Teacher
Pinnacle High School

Beth Snyder
6th Grade Science Teacher
Akimel A-al Middle School

Jennifer Anglin
8th Grade English Teacher
Flowing Wells Junior High School

Each teacher will receive a complimentary ticket to the game as well as recognition before and during the national championship game.

Development and Leadership Training


Providing opportunities and funding to support professional development and leadership training for teachers across the nation.


Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) – University of Notre Dame

A unique partnership between the College Football Playoff Foundation and Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program was formed in fall of 2015. The CFP Foundation provided funds towards the ACE program in coordination with Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week for the purpose of contributing to ACE’s mission of recruiting the next generation of teachers and leaders and offering an array of programs to strengthen Catholic schools and give disadvantaged children the opportunities they need and deserve.


Click here to learn more about Notre Dame’s ACE program.


Teach for America

In 2015, the College Football Playoff Foundation entered into a partnership with Teach for America (TFA). TFA’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

The Fiesta Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have joined the CFP Foundation in support of Teach for America. More to come!

Click here to learn more about Teach For America.

Inspiring a College-Going Culture


Inspiring grade-school students to believe that a college education is attainable. For students without a family history of college, this inspiration can be transformative.

2015-2016 College Banner Program

In November 2015, Darren Woodson, three-time Super Bowl champion and current ESPN NFL Analyst, returned to Isaac Middle School in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, to speak with the middle school students and proudly hang the banner of his alma mater, Arizona State University.

The total impact included 25,000 banners were distributed to 513 schools into 13,000 classrooms impacting nearly 400,000 students in Arizona.


2014-2015 College Banner Program

In September 2014, Tim Brown, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner, visited his Dallas-area elementary school to proudly hang the banner of his alma mater, Notre Dame.

The total impact included 22,000 college banners distributed to 525 schools (87% low income) into 20,700 classrooms impacting nearly 327,000 students.

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U Got This: College Experience @SMU

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, over 1,000 high school students from five Dallas County school districts attended the event hosted by the College Football Playoff Foundation and Commit! Students enjoyed a motivational speech from Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin, as well as a musical performance from Dallas ISD graduate and four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu. Students spent the day touring the campus, engaging in hands-on exhibits and exploring ways to overcome any barriers to college they might be facing.