College Football Playoff Communications


IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation today announced the launch of the Extra Yard Classroom Makeover Project sponsored by SSI Guardian, a subsidiary of School Specialty, Inc. Teachers across the country are encouraged to enter for a chance to win a fully-funded classroom makeover.

“We are honored to have the ability to provide this transformational program for classrooms across America,” said Britton Banowsky, Executive Director of the CFP Foundation. “We understand the challenges that schools and educators face when resources are limited and hope to help lighten the burden.”

Part of the Direct Provision of Resources focus of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers cause brand, the program provides furniture, new technology, storage components and more for classrooms. Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 7, 2016, at Three winners will be chosen at random and announced once a week starting Monday, November 7, 2016, at Noon CT through the CFP Foundation website and social platforms.

Additional winners will be selected in coordination with the 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinals, as teachers from the greater Atlanta and Phoenix areas will be chosen through the online application process mentioned above. Subsequently, as part of championship weekend, teachers attending the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit in Tampa, Florida, will be entered to win a classroom makeover. Three winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Summit on January 7, 2017, at the Tampa Convention Center.

The partnership with School Specialty and SSI Guardian will also support SSI Guardian Advanced Safety Education Training in schools throughout Tampa and Orlando. “We are happy to partner with the CFP Foundation and applaud the vision and commitment to meaningful action that will help improve our schools,” said Michael A. Yorio, President of SSI Guardian. “Educating our children, while providing schools and teachers with the supplies, furniture and teaching resources they need to foster education have been the hallmarks of School Specialty for decades.”

The announcement comes in celebration of Extra Yard for Teachers Week, an eight-day period dedicated to recognizing educators throughout the country. Visit for more information on the Extra Yard Classroom Makeover Project and Extra Yard for Teachers Week.

To join the social conversation, follow Extra Yard for Teachers on social media (Facebook:/ExtraYardforTeachers; Twitter/Instagram: @CFPExtraYard) and use the hashtags #CFPExtraYard and #ExtraYardWeek.

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