by ACC Communications
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference once again stands with the College Football Playoff Foundation in elevating the teaching profession through its support of Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) Week.
The fifth-annual Extra Yard for Teachers Week kicked off Saturday, Sept. 14, and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 21. Over these eight days, the college football community will honor teachers from grades K-12 on college campuses and in stadiums across the country.
The ACC and its 14 football member schools are joining other FBS conferences and the CFP Foundation to bring awareness to the growing Extra Yard for Teachers platform, as well as provide an opportunity for universities, coaches and student-athletes to take part in its mission of elevating the teaching profession through inspiring and empowering teachers.
ACC member institution initiatives include:
Teacher recognition during various college football games
Testimonials from coaches and student-athletes about the impact of educators
Funding of select DonorsChoose.org classroom project requests
Social media activation to engage fans and teachers
The ACC and its staff members will also make donations through DonorsChoose.org. The conference will highlight EYFT Week via social media through videos and graphics.
A number of ACC schools have planned initiatives beyond this week, and EYFT will again be heavily promoted prior to and during the ACC Football Championship Game, slated for Saturday, Dec. 7 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. In addition to plans with EYFT, the ACC will continue its partnership with the United Way of Central Carolinas in support of youth-education based charitable initiatives focused on improving reading proficiency and attendance.
The largest sports entity supporting education in America, the CFP Foundation encourages all to envision a country in which our greatest assets – teachers – are given the resources, recognition and professional development to help them prepare students for success. The CFP Foundation has invested approximately $30 million in support of K-12 education, supporting more than 250,000 teachers nationwide and creating a positive impact for more than six million students.
Fans are encouraged to join the social conversation by following @CFPExtraYard and using the #ExtraYardWeek hashtag. In addition, those looking to support EYFT can add a @CFPExtraYard donation sticker to their Instagram stories to help raise awareness and donations among their friends. These donations enable the CFP Foundation to continue directly funding teachers’ resources through its existing grant program with conferences and bowl game partners.
About the ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 67th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity.
The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. In August 2019, ESPN and the ACC partnered to launch ACC Network (ACCN), a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports and league-wide original programming. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community investment arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers 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
cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.