College Football Playoff Foundation Benefits Local Classrooms

Author: Helios Education Foundation

November 14, 2016

On the competitive football field, every yard counts. Off the field, equally as valuable are the extra yards the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is willing to go for education.

The College Football Playoff Foundation was formed in 2013 with the introduction of a playoff system designed to determine the national champion. With such a game changing format on the field, the College Football Playoff decided to leverage this opportunity to make an equally significant commitment off the field.

As the host of college football’s January 2017 “big game”, Tampa is already benefiting from the College Football Playoff Foundation’s philanthropic efforts. Through a grant from Helios Education Foundation along with financial support from other organizations, the College Football Playoff Foundation, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Florida College Access Network (FCAN), Take Stock in Children (TSIC), LEAP, and the school districts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties, is empowering schools, teachers and community stakeholders to build a college-going culture for all K-12 students, as well as help low-income high school seniors navigate the college application and enrollment process.


A number of Tampa Bay’s business and civic leaders have come together alongside sports enthusiasts to raise funds that impact local classrooms by supporting three signature College Football Playoff Foundation initiatives, including the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit, the Extra Yard 5K race and the Taste of the Championship. Each event raises funds for local programs that support teachers, provide resources to local classrooms and support a college going culture for all students.  

The Extra Yard for Teachers Summit taking place Saturday, January 7, 2017 is a high-energy celebration of educators and the impactful role they play in developing America’s youth. With inspiring speakers, engaging activities and entertainment, the summit is a festive gathering meant to fuel current and perspective teachers with a passion for teaching. Also on Saturday, January 7, is the family-friendly Extra Yard 5K. The 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run brings together supporters of college football and local residents for a kick off at Amelie Arena leading to a race route that encompasses not only Tampa’s downtown, but also the iconic Bayshore Boulevard.

Following a day of high-energy fun at the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit and the 5K Race, comes Taste of the Championship. Hosted Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Florida Aquarium, this premium event showcases sample food and drink from around the country as prepared by renowned chefs on the eve of the college playoff game. The fine dining experience not only showcases exquisite cuisine, but also brings together well-known former college football athletes in support of education. 

While only two teams will reach the pinnacle of the college football playoff bracket, the game’s ability to bring together national and local organizations in support of teachers and students will deliver a win long after the play clock run down. 

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