College Football Playoff Foundation and Allstate Sugar Bowl Support Teach For America

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Allstate Sugar Bowl to make a $200,000 grant to Teach For America in New Orleans. This is the third consecutive year the two organizations have come together to show their support for New Orleans educators.

Teach For America works with local communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. The organization has three components to its approach: to enlist diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities and life-long advocates; to train members of its teaching corps to be effective leaders in the classroom; and to mobilize as many individuals as possible to strengthen the movement for educational excellence.

“The Sugar Bowl Committee is proud to once again partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation in making an investment in the educations of New Orleans’ young people,” said Stanley Cohn, President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. “Every boy and girl, regardless of economics, deserves the chance to learn in a positive environment. We hope our donation will enable Teach For America to enhance the great work its already doing in New Orleans.”

The joint contribution was made in the honor of the late Sara Waters, former teacher and wife of Football Bowl Association Executive Director Wright Waters.

CFP Foundation President Bill Hancock said, “Sara was a long-time educator who was beloved by people in the college athletics community and far beyond.”

The donation to Teach For America will augment the efforts to strengthen education in low-income areas of the city.

“We have the greatest respect for the work of Teach For America throughout the United States, but particularly in New Orleans,” said Britton Banowsky, CFP Foundation Executive Director. “It is an honor to partner with our friends at the Allstate Sugar Bowl to support their efforts to educate our children.”

“Collaboration is critical for advancement, and we are grateful for the incredible investment the Sugar Bowl Committee and the College Football Playoff Foundation has made to better the educational opportunities of thousands of public school children throughout the Greater New Orleans area,” said Joy Okoro, Teach For America-Greater New Orleans Interim Executive Director. “Our collective investments to address and overcome the challenges our students, families and educators face allow us to serve more Louisiana students and prepare them for success beyond high school graduation by providing ongoing training, support and leadership development to the members of Teach For America’s network.”




About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs 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.

About the Allstate Sugar Bowl

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 92 Hall of Fame players, 48 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 83-year history. The 84th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, will be played on January 1, 2018. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Some 6,900 corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join a Teach For America community that is 53,000 strong, working across every sector to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.