IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Mountain West (MW) and its 12 football-playing institutions through the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform to support elementary and secondary school teachers across the conference’s geographic footprint. The CFP Foundation has provided a $150,000 grant to the Mountain West for this support in conjunction with conference activities and those of the member institutions.
The respective MW schools (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San José State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming) were each awarded $10,000 from the overall grant to fund programs that will make a direct positive impact on teachers in and around their communities. The funds will also be used to recognize and reward teachers through promotional activities across the conference.
In addition, the Mountain West will work with DonorsChoose.org to fund active projects in its system that have been requested from teachers in the eight states of the conference footprint. DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding charity that allows teachers to request school supplies for their classrooms. Teachers across America use this site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. The Mountain West will utilize part of the overall grant monies to fund individual classroom project requests for up to $1,000.
The overall impact of the Mountain West partnership is expected to support 2,500 teachers in more than 1,000 schools, touching more than 25,000 students. Additionally, more than 2,000 teachers will attend conference football games and be recognized on the field for their efforts this season, while raising awareness of the importance of supporting teachers nationwide.
“The Mountain West has been a terrific partner in making a difference through Extra Yard for Teachers, and we are thrilled to continue the support,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “Thousands of students, teachers and schools have been affected across the conference footprint. We wish to recognize and thank all of our educators for making a difference.”
“Education is the pathway to opportunity, and we are proud to once again partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation in providing an additional level of support for teachers across the Mountain West,” added MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “This innovative program directly, and positively, impacts the learning environment for young people, and it recognizes the critical role teachers play in shaping educational opportunities for their students.”
For more information about the CFP Foundation, visit cfp-foundation.org.
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 cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.
About the Mountain West
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 20th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.