USF Athletics helps fund 23 projects in Bay Area elementary schools through Extra Yard for Teachers

TAMPA, SEPT. 21, 2018 – As USF prepares to take on ECU Saturday night in Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls and the college football world are helping to elevate and empower teachers through Extra Yard for Teachers Week spearheaded by the CFP Foundation.

Through the Extra Yard for Teachers program, USF Athletics will facilitate the distribution of $10,000 through to fund projects that impact schools, teachers and students in the Tampa Bay area. This year’s distribution will fund 23 teacher-initiated projects at eight different Bay Area elementary schools that were attended by eight current USF football players.

The Bay Area schools impacted by the 2018 Extra Yard for Teachers funding distribution are Claywell Elementary (Jacob Mathis), Leila G. Davis Elementary (William Atterbury), Edison Elementary (Vincent Jackson), Mitchell Elementary (Mazzi Wilkins), Seven Oaks Elementary (Kyle Trina), Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary (Juwuan Brown), Tinker Elementary (Hal Roberson) and Woodbridge Elementary (Donovan Jennings).

The CFP Foundation has distributed $150,000 to American Athletic Conference member schools through to fund teacher’s projects. Each American Athletic Conference school receives $10,000 to fund projects in their respective communities, while the participants in The American Football Championship will receive an additional $10,000 to further fund initiatives.

USF will don Extra Yard for Teachers decals on their helmets for the game to create awareness and recognition of the value of the teaching profession. USF will also honor three USF alumni teachers during Saturday night’s game, incorporate teachers into the in-stadium game night programming and share video board features of USF players honoring teachers.

The teachers who will be honored at Saturday night’s game include: Alex La Spina, recipient of USF’s Young Educator’s Alumni Award; Erin Santiago, recipient of the USF’s Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award, and Michelle Fisher, who was selected the 2017-18 STEM Alliance Elementary Math Teacher of the Year for Orange County public schools. Fisher, a USF alum who teaches at Eagle Creek Elementary School, will also serve as an honorary captain for the coin toss.

All Tampa Bay area teachers and their families can also receive specially priced $15 tickets to Saturday’s game by visiting this LINK.

USF will look for its third straight conference opening win Saturday when the Bulls take on the ECU Pirates in an 8 p.m. kickoff at Raymond James Stadium. A Bulls’ win would mark the 150th in program history in the program’s 255th game. That would make USF the fastest FBS program in the state of Florida to reach 150 wins, bettering Florida, which did it in the program’s 258th game in 1937. The game will be televised by ESPNews and can be heard live on the USF Radio Network (820 AM locally, iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited Channel).

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.

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