College Football Playoff Foundation Partners with Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association to Benefit Educators

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) to award grants to Pasadena Unified Schools District (PUSD) teachers and principals for classroom projects. This funding takes place in coordination with the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, a CFP semifinal to be played on January 1, 2018.

Overall, 129 grants totaling $178,072 were awarded to 158 teachers and 14 principals on Tuesday, December 5, at the annual PEF Teacher Grants reception at the Altadena Town & Country Club. This is the second consecutive year for grants to be awarded to PUSD through the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform, benefitting thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

Gardening programs, science labs, 3D printing programs, libraries, visual and performing arts programs, dual-language reading programs, and health and fitness programs are just a few of the diverse and vibrant educational projects that the 2017 PEF Teacher Grants support.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with these organizations to support the educators of Pasadena,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “These educational projects will help teachers meet the needs of their students, and we are thrilled to be able to support the schools touched by this grant program.”

In addition to grants directly to teachers, PEF awarded 14 school-wide project grants, structured to weave certain projects into the fabric of the entire school. The grants comprise of library revitalization projects, establishing a costume shop for performing arts programs, mural beautification projects, physical education equipment refresh, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Through its long-standing partnership with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses has placed a priority on investing in education,” said David Eads, Executive Director and CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “We are equally excited about our ability to collaborate with our local school district to continue supporting the educators of our younger generations.”

“The Pasadena Educational Foundation expresses its profound gratitude to the CFP Foundation for their generous support of the 2017-18 Teacher Grant Program,” said PEF Executive Director Patrick Conyers. “Thanks in large part to CFP Foundation’s support, the Pasadena Educational Foundation is distributing more than $200,000 to Pasadena Unified School District teachers, principals, and educators this year.  These funds will bring to life innovative classroom and school-wide projects throughout our district.”

A full list of this year’s award winners is available online here:




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 Tournament of Roses

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 129th Rose Parade themed “Making a Difference,” on Monday, January 1, 2018, followed by the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 104th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF)

The PEF is a nonprofit organization that advocates for public education, engages the community, and develops resources to support excellent education for every Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) student. Whether it be through the arts, music, health centers, gardens, or STEM programs they support, PEF is dedicated to creating a better future for the public school students of Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre. 

About the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD)

The PUSD serves pre-K to 12th grade students in a 76-square mile area that includes the communities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. Pasadena Unified School District provides a caring, engaging and challenging educational experience for over 17,000 students every day.