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Arizona School Districts See Impact of Upcoming College Football Playoff

Arizona Organizing Committee Announces More Than $200,000 in Flash Funding, Teachers Encouraged to Sign Up

PHOENIX (Nov. 16, 2015) – Schools statewide are beginning to see the positive impact the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship will have on Arizona. Today, the Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and College Football Playoff Foundation simultaneously funded 284 classroom projects in Phoenix, Pinal County, Tempe and Yuma school districts, directly impacting more than 36,000 students.

The AOC awarded a total of $208,856 to fulfill classroom needs including art and classroom supplies, books, graphing calculators and tablets, as well as gardening and lab materials for hands-on learning opportunities. The funding is part of the AOC’s larger commitment to providing $1 million in charitable contributions as the host of next year’s national championship. The bulk of the contributions will benefit education in Arizona through the CFP’s Extra Yard for Teachers program and DonorsChoose.org.

“Today, we are able to see firsthand the meaningful impact these events have in our communities,” said Brad Wright, co-chair of the AOC. “This is why we continue to bring national events to Arizona. We are honored to be able to support teachers and students statewide, and provide access to much-needed supplies and materials that will lead to new and challenging learning experiences.”

The AOC, along with members of each city council and school district, made the announcements during ceremonies for teachers and students at Four Peaks Elementary School (Apache Junction, Pinal County School District), Western Valley Middle School (City of Phoenix Schools), Rover Elementary (City of Tempe Schools) and Gowan Science Academy (Yuma School District). Classroom projects and funding for each school district include:

City of Phoenix Schools: 158 classroom projects, $115,009
Pinal County School District: 46 classroom projects, $26,467
City of Tempe Schools: Five classroom projects, $3,026
Yuma School District: 75 classroom projects, $64,362

Arizona teachers are encouraged to list classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. To sign up or support projects through Extra Yard for Teachers, visit collegefootballplayoff.com. For more information about the AOC’s local contributions or to stay-up-to-date with the latest announcements, visit azchampgame.org.

Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix
“We appreciate the commitment of the College Football Playoff Foundation to help improve the futures of young people in the communities that host their events,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “There’s no better way to have an impact than funding more than 150 classroom projects throughout Phoenix to buy much-needed materials and equipment that will be used directly by students and teachers.”

Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls, City of Yuma
“We are grateful to the Arizona Organizing Committee and the College Football Playoff for their support of education throughout the Yuma community. Funding these educational initiatives will leave a lasting impact in the Yuma area for years to come. We are thrilled that Arizona is hosting the second College Football Playoff National Championship and truly appreciate the statewide generosity of the CFP.”

About the Arizona Organizing Committee
The Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the host of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. Comprised of local leaders in business, tourism and sports, the committee’s mission is to raise the funds needed to host the game and accompanying events, and to provide the best possible championship experience for all attendees. The AOC is committed to driving statewide economic growth, while reinforcing Arizona’s standing as the world-class destination for world-class events.

The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on January 11, 2016. For more information about the AOC, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.azchampgame.org or call (480) 505-4515. For news and event information, follow the AOC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
Extra Yard for Teachers is the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative to honor, celebrate, inspire and empower great teachers nationally and in the communities that host the College Football Playoff. Extra Yard for Teachers seeks to support teachers through the development and implementation of programs in four key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, professional development and leadership training, and by inspiring a college-going culture.

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