FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2018
CONTACT: Gina Lehe, 469-262-5200
IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the American Athletic
Conference (AAC) in a season-long effort to benefit teachers as part of the Extra Yard for Teachers
(EYFT) platform, which included funding classroom projects and recognizing educators.
The CFP Foundation has distributed $145,000 this fall to American Athletic Conference institutions to
support, celebrate and positively impact schools, teachers, and students, including the funding of
DonorsChoose.org projects across the footprint of the conference. The Foundation provided each
member institution with $10,000 for on-campus recognition and DonorsChoose.org donations. The
partnership also includes funding in connection with The American Football Championship in Orlando on
December 1, 2018, as both UCF and Memphis will receive an additional $7,500 to better their
In addition, $5,000 was utilized in coordination with a community service event during The American’s
Football Media Days in July where student-athletes wrote personalized thank you notes to the teachers
who had the biggest impact on their lives. Along with the thank you notes, each teacher has also
received a DonorsChoose.org gift card on behalf of the conference and the CFP Foundation.
This marks the third year that the American Athletic Conference has taken part in Extra Yard for
Teachers programming through DonorsChoose.org, funding a total of $400,000 directly to teachers in
the communities of its member institutions. A total of 214 teachers were supported, while 160 schools
and 26,791 students benefitted from the funding.
“The American Athletic Conference has been a terrific partner in our efforts to support and recognize
teachers,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “Thousands of students, teachers
and schools have been affected across the conference footprint and we are excited for the opportunity
to recognize the great work that educators do for our future.”
“The American Athletic Conference and our member institutions are proud to partner with the CFP
Foundation and the Extra Yard for Teachers program in support of education and the exemplary
teachers serving in our schools. We are honored that we have been able take part in the program
through the DonorsChoose.org funding. Providing additional vital resources for teachers and students
that will have a lasting educational impact on their lives is critical.” said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco.
For more information about the CFP Foundation, visit cfp-foundation.org.