ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation have announced a partnership to introduce the funding of educational initiatives in the state of Indiana. Through this activation, the CFP Foundation and Big Ten, in conjunction with Extra Yard for Teachers will be recognizing teachers at the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game on December 2 in Indianapolis, while providing funds to enhance educational efforts in those teachers' respective classrooms and schools.
"The College Football Playoff Foundation is excited to partner with the Big Ten Conference to support Indiana teachers once again," said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. "We would like to congratulate each of the teachers who will be recognized at the Big Ten Football Championship Game, and thank them for
The Big Ten worked with Indiana Sports Corp to select 15 teachers, with the goal of recognizing 15 different schools in the state of Indiana. Each of the teachers (kindergarten through eighth grade) will be awarded a grant to assist them with educational projects. The 15 teachers will be recognized at the Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"The Big Ten is thrilled to once again partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation and Indiana Sports Corp to recognize teachers who play an integral role in creating educational opportunities for the youth across the state of Indiana," Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. "We look forward to welcoming these individuals to Indianapolis on Sat., Dec. 2 to thank them for the commitment and service that they have provided to their classrooms and communities."
"For the second-consecutive year, Indiana Sports Corp is excited to partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Big Ten Conference to impact the lives of youth in 15 different classrooms across Indiana," said Indiana Sports Corp President, Ryan Vaughn. "This initiative aligns perfectly with our mission of providing opportunities for youth, through an event we are proud to host, the Big Ten Football Championship Game."
The following 15 teachers will be recognized at the Big Ten Football Championship Game:
|Laura Commins||Lew Wallace Elementary||Indianapolis|
|Beth Desalvo||IPS Center for Inquiry||Indianapolis|
|Dana Dilger||David Turnham Education Center||Dale|
|Patty Evans||Clark Pleasant Middle School||Greenwood|
|Sharon Gilham||Carlisle Elementary School||Carlisle|
|Julie Grissom||Eastwood Middle School||Indianapolis|
|Mimi Hawkins||Shoals Community School||Shoals|
|Bethany Jackson||Longfellow Middle School||Indianapolis|
|Carol Kratzer||Concord West Side Elementary School||Elkhart|
|Amy Lapka||Brookside Elementary School||Indianapolis|
|Amanda Long||Frankfort Middle School||Frankfort|
|Madeline Mason||Center for Inquiry 84||Indianapolis|
|Jill Simala||Raymond Park Middle School||Indianapolis|
|Heidi Stan||Riverside Junior High School||Fishers|
|Crissy Stephan||Maple Glen Elementary School||Westfield|
The Big Ten and CFP Foundation plan to partner for upcoming activations in Chicago and New York City later in the academic year.
About the Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity,
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. To learn more, visit www.cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.