The CCA and the CFP Foundation will fund $ 75,000 in classroom resource projects and award $ 47,500 in scholarships to future SU educators


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – In conjunction with the Subway ACC Championship Football game on Saturday 2021, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation announced that they are funding $ 75,000 in classroom 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 of the title game. The projects are designed to meet the needs of teachers in area schools, including classroom supplies and technology upgrades.

“CCA is proud to support teachers – who are everyday heroes – for their tireless work to improve the lives of others through education,” said CCA Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “The experiences and lessons learned by student-athletes translate particularly well into careers in education and training. It is an honor to work with the College Football Playoff Foundation to recognize educators through its Extra Yard for Teachers initiative.

“Championship games are always a reason for celebration on college campuses, and it is important to extend our work on this celebration to the communities in which these institutions inhabit,” said Britton Banowsky, Executive Director of the CFP Foundation. . “The Foundation is proud to go further for teachers and schools, and we hope that these projects will have a significant impact on classrooms for years to come. “

In addition to the classroom resource projects, the CCA has named 15 student-athletes as recipients of the 2021 Go Teach Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway competition. Each will receive $ 2,500 on behalf of the CFP Foundation and Dr. Pepper to assist them in their 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 tuition support. The 15 student-athletes have been chosen by campus representatives, and the grand prize winner will be selected by the CCA awards committee.

The 15 ACC student-athletes include:

Name, Institution, Sport, Major
Chase Coleman, Virginia, Men’s Basketball, Youth and Social Innovation
Claire DeSelm, Notre Dame, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Master of Education
Emma Feehery, North Carolina, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Education Minor
Peter Fiorini III, Syracuse, men’s lacrosse, health and physical education
Darryl Gay, Florida State, Men’s Athletics, Education & Training
Essence Henderson, Virginia Tech, Women’s Athletics, Public Health
Brandi Hughes, NC State, Women’s Athletics, Masters of 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 and Inclusion
Yuval Solomon, Wake Forest, Men’s Tennis
Job Trahan, Duke, Men’s Athletics
Kenzie Walls, Georgia Tech, Women’s Cross Country, Literature & Media
Liberty Williams, Louisville, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Elementary Education

The CFP Foundation and Dr Pepper are committed to developing the Go Teach initiative to place qualified teachers in classrooms across the country. Over the next five years, the CFP Foundation and Dr. Pepper will award collective tuition fees of $ 1.5 million to the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC conference partners to provide support and recognition to student-athletes specializing in education.

About ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 69th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive interuniversity 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 rely on cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a constant balance of academics, athleticism and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. Women’s gymnastics will become the 28th league-sponsored sport in the 2023-24 academic year. In August 2019, ESPN and the ACC teamed up to launch ACC Network (ACCN), a national 24/7 network dedicated to ACC sports and original league-wide programming. For more information, visit and follow @theACC on Twitter and Facebook (

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The CFP Foundation is the community engagement arm of college football playoffs, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s main cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating 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 execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To find out more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.


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