If you’re a college football fan, you’re probably already aware that the national championship game will be hosted here in North Texas (at AT&T Stadium to be precise) this coming January. What you may not know is that the newly formed College Football Playoff (CFP) has also launched a philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers, to honor and empower teachers nationally and in our host community – specifically in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Earlier this year, the folks at CFP invited the Commit! Partnership to help shape this initiative in its first year and create a game plan for future host cities. We are excited to share a number of opportunities in the coming months that will directly benefit local schools, principals, teachers and students.
The first opportunity is an effort to support a strong college-going culture for our youngest students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds where the expectation of college may not be as prevalent as in other communities. Extra Yard for Teachers has agreed to supply free college banners for every classroom across 500 elementary school campuses (up to 20,000 classrooms in all) across our greater North Texas community. For principals interested in accessing this resource, we have launched a very short application form here. Submissions will be reviewed in the order received, and we only ask that selected schools share a couple of pictures displaying their use of the banners.
Through pep rallies, alumni visits, college chants, and more, elementary schools across the country have incorporated visible college imagery as part of a broader strategy to get children thinking about college early. On the webpage, we’ve included some ideas on how schools can utilize these free banners to help spur and/or complement other campus initiatives that reinforce a college-going expectation and atmosphere for all students.
In the fall, we plan to offer a similar opportunity in support of middle and high school teachers who want to make local college visits possible for their students. As the January 12 championship game nears, we also anticipate the fulfillment of a significant amount of local classroom projects created on DonorsChoose.org.
We look forward to sharing these opportunities and more in the months to come and invite you to join the excitement of the inaugural College Football Playoff. In the meanwhile, contact Christian Yazdanpanah at Christian.Yaz@commit2dallas.org with any questions you may have.