Oct. 7, 2015

Extra Yard for Teachers, the primary philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff Foundation, is coming to the University of Notre Dame.

Designed to honor, celebrate, inspire and empower great teachers, the Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) program is committed to making an impact. College football represents the most readily visible representation of students achieving their dreams of attending college. That road to higher education is often attributed to the support and commitment of gifted teachers.

The CFP Foundation has designated this week Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week, a promotion to increase exposure for this important initiative. While activities are taking place across the country, Notre Dame is one of several institutions playing host to a special activation during its football game this weekend.

The University is partnering with EYFT to encourage football fans to support an educational initiative unique to Notre Dame, the Alliance for Catholic Education. Known as ACE, this program comprises a dozen initiatives that seek to form the next generation of teachers and leaders, to strengthen under¬-resourced Catholic schools and give disadvantaged children the opportunities they need and deserve–and to extend the Catholic school advantage to thousands of new families. Irish fans have an opportunity between today and Nov. 29 to contribute specifically to Notre Dame’s ACE program to equip its teachers and school leaders with much-¬needed classroom materials and tools to give their students a fighting chance for a better future.

From Oct. 7 through Nov. 29, all donations made to ACE will be matched by the CFP Foundation. The matching of gifts will enable ACE to have a greater impact on communities across the country. Gifts over $10 made to ACE also will make contributors eligible for a lottery to win the opportunity to purchase two tickets for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Members of the Notre Dame family can contribute gifts of $10 or more online (My.ND.edu/ace), via phone (574-631-9385) or by texting DISCOVER to 80077.* Kiosks also will be available on campus for the Navy, USC and Wake Forests home football games, providing an opportunity to learn more about ACE’s unique mission, the partnership with the CFP Foundation–and ways to make a gift.

Britton Banowsky, executive director of the CFP Foundation, will be on campus this weekend to help bring awareness of EYFT to the Notre Dame community. The CFP Foundation has generously committed $50,000 to provide matching support for a portion of each ACE gift between today and late November, making every gift even more impactful.

To learn more about ACE, the CFP Foundation and this exciting opportunity please visit Supporting.ND.edu/cfpf

* Text gifts will be exactly $10, billed through your wireless carrier. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: Click here to read terms

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers Extra Yard for Teachers is the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative to honor, celebrate, inspire and empower great teachers nationally and in the communities that host the College Football Playoff. Extra Yard for Teachers seeks to support teachers through the development and implementation of programs in four key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, professional development and leadership training, and by inspiring a college-going culture.


University of Notre Dame Athletics Communications contact:

John Heisler

Senior Associate Athletics Director

112 Joyce Center

Notre Dame, IN 46556

574-631-7516 (office)

574-532-0293 (cell)