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College Football Playoff Foundation joins Fiesta Bowl Charities through $100,000 donation to Wishes for Teachers

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The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is joining Fiesta Bowl Charities to help Arizona teachers make a difference in their classrooms through a $100,000 donation to Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers, in partnership with azcentral.

The financial support is part of a matching gift program, where Fiesta Bowl Charities will match up to $500,000 in donations to Arizona K-12 public and charter school teachers. Fiesta Bowl Charities will grant $5,000 wishes to selected teachers who share how they would utilize the funds in their classrooms and schools through an online application process.

In addition to the gift from the CFP Foundation, and a $100,000 contribution from azcentral and The Arizona Republic, the public can give through a text-to-donate campaign by texting “Teachers” to 51555. These additional donations will increase the overall impact by approximately 50 percent over the program’s inaugural year.

“Our partnership with the Fiesta Bowl organization has been extraordinary,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “We are so proud of the focus on elevating Arizona teachers, particularly given the drastic state-wide shortages. The Wishes for Teachers initiative is a wonderful way to not only support teachers, but also raise awareness of the critically important contribution that they make in the lives of students.”

To apply for a grant, teachers may go to and detail a $5,000 wish for their classrooms. Last year’s program allowed teachers, who often spend their own money to enhance their students’ classroom experience, to use the funds for a classroom makeover, new technology, new sports equipment or new curriculum.

This is the second year the CFP Foundation and Fiesta Bowl Charities have collaborated on Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers, including financial support from the CFP Foundation in both years. Last year, Fiesta Bowl Charities provided $500,000 to 100 teachers at $5,000 each. To see a complete list of the wishes granted, please visit

“We’ve enjoyed seeing how Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers provides additional resources to Arizona’s teachers, allowing them to do more in their classrooms,” added Mike Nealy, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl. “The College Football Playoff Foundation has a similar commitment to assisting teachers, who give so much in their daily commitment to building our future leaders. This is our chance to give to teachers to boost their efforts even further.”

Wishes will be granted by random selection among applicants who submit a wish for their school or classroom and meet the criteria. The application process is open now at and will close on November 3.

Recipients will be announced beginning on November 7 and continue into early December.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. For more information, visit

About Fiesta Bowl Charities

The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year-round, during and outside of bowl season.