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Big Ten Conference and College Football Playoff Foundation Continue Educational Initiatives in Chicago



ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation continued their educational initiatives in Chicago kicking off the 2021-22 academic year, contributing over $20,000 to the Children First Fund, the Chicago Public Schools Foundation. The grant awards teachers across 12 different Chicago schools with funds for their educational projects.
“Support like this generous grant from the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff Foundation provides vital resources that allow our incredible CPS educators to innovate, implement learning strategies, and meet key needs within their school communities,” said Children First Fund Executive Director Sadie Stockdale Jefferson.

Through assistance from the CFP Foundation, the Big Ten continues to support the Children First Fund (CFF), which has a mission to promote the growth and success of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) through philanthropy and partnerships. The Children First Fund worked with principals to select teachers (kindergarten through eighth grade) who will be awarded a grant to assist them with educational projects.

The Big Ten and CFP Foundation plan to partner for upcoming activations in Indianapolis and New York City later in the academic year.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers  
The CFP Foundation is the community engagement arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers 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. To learn more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media. 

See full original release from the Big Ten Conference here.