The Indiana Department of Education, the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee, and the College Football Playoff Foundation have unveiled a new partnership to celebrate teachers’ contributions. The new initiative, as part of the Extra Yard for Teachers Week, will honor teachers as heroes through a series of events, perks and public recognition.
The partners say teachers undertook “extraordinary work and sacrifices” during the 2020-21 school year because of challenges created by the pandemic.
“If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s that great teachers change lives,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “Indiana is proud to partner with the Indianapolis Host Committee to give all Indiana teachers – our 2021 Teachers of the Year – the recognition they so deserve.”
As part of the CFP National Championship, the CFP Foundation supports projects in the host city that make a positive impact on education. Indy will host the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 10, 2022.
The coalition is organizing a list of activities and events for teachers, such as Extra Yard for Teachers State Park Day. On Sunday, September 12, all Indiana teachers and their families will have free access to all state parks in Indiana by showing their teacher ID.
The partnership is also encouraging Hoosiers to nominate a teacher of the year. Click here to learn more about that effort.
This fall, the Indianapolis Host Committee is traveling to high school football games statewide to celebrate the inaugural Indiana Tailgate Tour.
“These events and celebrations are one way to say, ‘thank you’ for all teachers do daily to make an impact on our students and communities,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky.