Honor. Celebrate. Inspire. Empower.

Extra Yard for Teachers is the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s primary cause brand. The mission of Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) is to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers. The College Football Playoff provides an enormous platform to go the extra yard for teachers who have gone the extra yard for us.

College football is the most readily visible representation of students achieving their dreams of attending college. This road to college is often attributed to the support and commitment of gifted teachers. Throughout the months and weeks leading up to the CFP National Championship, we take time to focus on the people who helped student-athletes across the country reach their dreams of attending college: teachers.

Impacting Tampa Bay

Extra Yard for Teachers has pledged $1 million to Tampa Bay, the majority of which will benefit local schools by funding projects submitted on DonorsChoose.orgThese projects, submitted by educators and schools, aim to create a better learning environment by purchasing needed resources, wish list items, or funding educational class outings.

To help make this effort a reality, Extra Yard for Teachers and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission have partnered with the Helios Education Foundation along with Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco County school districts to provide a direct provision of resources, recognize our community’s teachers, champion great classroom leaders, and inspire a college-going culture in our schools.

Join the team today and support teachers and students on DonorsChoose.org by making your own contribution. Because when it comes to education, every little bit makes a big difference.

Local Support and Resources

Special Events

News and Updates

2017 Teachers Lounge

New this year! We're opening up space in the Tampa Convention Center (Ballroom A) JUST for teachers! College Football Playoff partners are coming together to build activations and experiences as a way to continue the celebration of teachers during championship week. The Lounge is open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, and is open to all Summit attendees and any teachers or educators with school IDs. 

What you can expect in the Teachers’ Lounge:

  • Fun experiential activities like handwriting analysis and a photo booth
  • Pop-up book store and lounge
  • Relaxing chair massages
  • Recharge Stations
  • Giveaways all afternoon, including classroom makeovers
  • Special guest appearances
  • Opportunities to share your teaching story
  • Concierge Service
  • And more interactive experiences!
The Teachers’ Lounge will be open all afternoon from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Show your teacher ID at the door for access to the fun.

Our Outstanding Education Partners

Helios Education FoundationFlorida College Access Network (FCAN) | Take Stock in Children (TSIC) | LEAP