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SEC awards grant through CFP Extra Yard for Teachers

12 days ago
SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 19, 2023) - The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday its plans for distributing grant funds this season to support teachers in conjunction with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation through its Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) platform. Tuesday's announcement is being made as part of the CFP Foundation's Big Day for Teachers - a day where the college football community comes together to celebrate and honor teachers.

The SEC worked with its 14 institutions to identify a student-athlete whose life has been greatly impacted by a teacher. Each of the teachers will be honored through the student-athlete's testimonial featured on SEC This Morning and the Paul Finebaum Show. The student-athlete video tributes will also be featured on the SEC social media channels.

As part of the CFP Foundation's Big Day for Teachers initiative, Elizabeth Kreds of Minor Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala., will receive a $1,000 Donors Choose gift card to fund a Donors Choose project.

The CFP Foundation is the largest sports entity in America that is supporting education. Its nationwide Extra Yard for Teachers platform has collectively invested $57 million in support of education. The CFP Foundation Extra Yard for Teachers platform supports and uplifts teachers by focusing on four major areas: recognition, resources, professional development and recruitment and retention. Since its inception, the CFP Foundation has supported nearly 500,000 teachers nationwide, creating a positive impact for more than 9.2 million students and 50,000 schools.

The Big Day for Teachers is part of Extra Yard for Teachers Week (September 15-23, 2023). Created in 2015 as a national celebration of teachers, EYFT Week is supported by the CFP Foundation and its college football partners. The foundation works in close partnership with the schools, conferences, bowls, ESPN, and education supporters across the country to honor and recognize the meaningful work of teachers for the entire week.

"Our partnership with the SEC has been simply outstanding in our efforts to support teachers and celebrate their important roles with our children," said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. "We couldn't have the nationwide reach we have without our wonderful partners throughout the country. Extra Yard for Teachers Week and the Big Day are incredible efforts when we all come together for teachers who make a real difference. We are so thankful to the SEC and the positive impact it is making for educators."

Following is a list of those teachers identified by 14 different SEC student-athletes who greatly impacted his or her life. Each educator will be honored as part of the CFP Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers program.

SEC x CFP Extra Yard for Teachers
School Student-Athlete Sport Teacher
 Alabama Kristen White Softball Kerry McDonald
 Arkansas Hannah Gammill Softball Rebekah Davis
 Auburn Jeremiah Wright Football Dr. Lisa Morenzoni
 Florida Michala Magee Gymnastics Trilauni White
 Georgia Kinsey Cooper Equestrian Hope Carter
 Kentucky Jordan Lovett Football Michelle Buehler
 LSU William Campbell Football Allen Wise
 Ole Miss Silentianna "Snudda" Collins Women's Basketball Megan Case
 Mississippi State De'Monte Russell Football Stephanie Hatcher
 Missouri Kara Daly Softball Kelsey Hile
 South Carolina Nick Emmanwori Football Anna Smith Lorick
 Tennessee Tess Darby Women's Basketball Linda Farmer
 Texas A&M Abigail Ahrens Swimming & Diving Kimberly Gray
 Vanderbilt Jameson Wharton Football Stacia Dean

About the College Football Playoff Foundation

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving as the community engagement arm of the College Football Playoff and works in partnership with institutions of higher education, sports organizations, corporations and non-profits to support educators and improve student outcomes. The purpose of the CFP Foundation lies in supporting PK-12 education by elevating the teaching profession. The CFP Foundation inspires and empowers educators by focusing its work in four areas: recognition, resources, recruitment and retention, and professional development. To learn more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

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The Southeastern Conference was formed in 1932 and consists of 14 member institutions: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. The league currently sanctions championship play in nine men's sports and 12 women's sports. Its headquarters has been located in Birmingham, Ala., since 1948. For more on the conference, please visit and follow the SEC (@SEC) on social media.

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