CHARLOTTE, NC – In conjunction with Saturday’s Subway ACC Football Championship Game 2021, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation announced that they are funding $ 75,000 for educational resource projects in three local markets; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home of Wake Forest University; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the University of Pittsburgh; and Charlotte, North Carolina, host city for the title game. The projects are designed to meet the needs of teachers in local schools, including classroom materials and technology upgrades.
“The ACC is a proud supporter of teachers – who are everyday heroes – for their tireless work to improve the lives of others through education,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “The experiences and insights of the student athletes can be transferred particularly well to careers in training and coaching. It is an honor to work with the College Football Playoff Foundation to recognize educators through their Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. “
“Masterpieces are always celebrations in universities, and it is important that we expand our work as part of this celebration to the communities that call these institutions home,” said Britton Banowsky, executive director of the CFP Foundation. “The Foundation prides itself on giving teachers and schools an added bonus, and we hope these projects will have a significant impact on classrooms in the years to come.”
In addition to classroom resource projects, the ACC has named 15 student athletes to be recipients of the Go Teach Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway 2021. Each receives $ 2,500 on behalf of the CFP Foundation and Dr. Pepper to support them in their continued pursuit of a degree or career in education. And in the coming weeks, one recipient will win the grand prize of an additional $ 10,000 in student grants. The 15 student athletes were selected by campus representatives, and the grand prize winner will be selected by the ACC’s awards committee.
The 15 ACC student athletes include:
Name, institution, sport, major
Chase Coleman, Virginia, Men’s Basketball, Youth & Social Innovation
Claire DeSelm, Notre Dame, Swimming and Diving for Women, Masters in Education
Emma Feehery, North Carolina, Swimming and Diving for Women, Minor Education
Peter Fiorini III, Syracuse, Men’s Lacrosse, Health & Sports
Darryl Gay, Florida State, Athletics, Men, Education and Coaching
Essence Henderson, Virginia Tech, Women’s Athletics, Public Health
Brandi Hughes, NC State, Women’s Athletics, Masters in Elementary Education
Avery Perosa, Pittsburgh, Volleyball, Masters in Strategic Marketing
Amari Robinson, Clemson, women’s basketball, special education
Abigail Schwenger, Miami, Rowing, Elementary and Special Education, Spanish
Frederick Scott, Boston College, Men’s Basketball, Diversity & Inclusion
Yuval Solomon, Wake Forest, men’s tennis
Job Trahan, Duke, Men’s Athletics
Kenzie Walls, Georgia Tech, Women’s Cross Country, Literature, and Media
Liberty Williams, Louisville, Swimming and Diving for Women, Preschool Education
The CFP Foundation and Dr. Pepper are committed to expanding the Go Teach initiative to place qualified teachers in classrooms across the country. For the next five years, the CFP Foundation and Dr. Pepper shared tuition fees of $ 1.5 million with conference partners ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC to support and recognize student athletes majoring in education.
About the ACC
Now in its 69th year of competition and with 15 members, the Atlantic Coast Conference has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegial conferences in the country. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest continue to build on the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions in 10 states. Women’s gymnastics will be the league’s 28th sponsored sport in the 2023/24 academic year. In August 2019, ESPN and ACC jointly founded the ACC Network (ACCN), a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sport and original league programs. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).
Via the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the College Football Playoff and supports education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to improving the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four priority areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation uses multiple partnerships to carry out its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.