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November 30, 2015

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation today announced a $50,000 donation to Teach For America in Arizona, an amount that has been matched by the Fiesta Bowl Organization.

“We are excited about this partnership with the Fiesta Bowl and Teach For America,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “We share the common objective of improving communities through education, which can only occur by supporting the development of teachers, our greatest asset.”

Teach For America works with local communities to expand the educational opportunities for children facing challenges of poverty. Teach For America has three components to their approach: enlist diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities, develop, train and support core members in leadership qualities, and mobilize as many individuals as possible to strengthen the movement for educational excellence.

“The Fiesta Bowl is excited to partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation to be able to grant Teach For America $100,000. Together, we can provide our Arizona teachers and students with vital resources that will aid in improving education,” Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy said.

The donation to Teach For America in Arizona the efforts to strengthen education in low-income areas.

“It is more urgent than ever that we give all children a world-class education that equips them with the skills necessary to reach their full potential by providing ongoing support and training to our Teach For America – Phoenix teachers. We are proud to partner with the Fiesta Bowl organization and the College Football Playoff Foundation to advance our mission of permanently closing the opportunity gap for Arizona students in at-risk communities,” said Kerryann Tomlinson, Managing Director of Development for Teach For America–Phoenix.

The direct provision of resources is just one of the many ways the CFP Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers honors, celebrates, inspires and empowers great teachers. To learn more, follow @CFBPlayoff and @CFPExtaYard on Twitter, visit and


About the Fiesta Bowl

As a non-profit focused on fostering a culture of community involvement and giving, the Fiesta Bowl Organization hosts a variety of local events, as well as two elite bowl games a year – the Fiesta Bowl and the Cactus Bowl. A long-standing tradition, the Fiesta Bowl is dedicated to cultivating a culture of community outreach and philanthropy, through which we strive to make Arizona a better place to live, work and play. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 480-517- 0900.

About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by

Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Bill Hancock, Executive Director
2015 College Football Playoff – SportsBusiness Journal’s Sports Event of the Year @cfbplayoff