Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers weren't the only big winners at the College Football Playoff National Championship. The weekend also proved to be quite memorable for Bay Area teachers and their Teacher of the Year counterparts from across the United States, which in turn made the experience a resounding victory for the CFP Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers platform. "Being able to leverage this sports platform for teachers is an amazing opportunity," said Britton Banowsky, executive director of the CFP Foundation. Extra Yard for Teachers is all about elevating the teaching profession. The boost comes from offering continuing education to improving classrooms to expressing gratitude to teachers with some well-deserved pampering.
CFP Foundation and ESPN Corporate Citizenship teamed up to showcase college football at its very best! The weekend began with a panel entitled, Beyond the Playing Field: a candid conversation discussing the successes, pitfalls, and opportunities of playing football both on and off the field. Student athletes from local school districts gained firsthand experience hearing from ESPN talent Maria Taylor, Desmond Howard and Marcus Spears and were joined by San Francisco 49ers players Jerick McKinnon and Bradley Pinion. In addition, ESPN and CFP greeted more than 11,000 college football fans as they came through Fan Central and Tailgate over four days throughout the weekend. Fans were given the chance to "toss the football" for their favorite team while helping to raise more than $13k, which will benefit the teachers and schools in Butte County affected by the wildfires.
Championship weekend included all that and much more. Click here for a look back!