Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff Donate $200,000 to Teach For America
NEW ORLEANS (December 29, 2015) – The Allstate Sugar Bowl announced a $100,000 donation to Teach For America in New Orleans, an amount that has been matched by the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation. The donations were announced at a Tuesday press conference in New Orleans.
“The Allstate Sugar Bowl is proud of its ongoing efforts to help this great community,” said T. Carey Wicker, III, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. “Every boy and girl, regardless of economics, deserves the opportunity to have an educational environment that gives them every chance to succeed. We hope our donation, which has been generously matched by the College Football Playoff, will enable Teach For America to enhance its already significant efforts in New Orleans.”
Teach For America works with local communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. Teach For America has three components to its approach: enlist diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities; develop, train and support corps members in leadership qualities; and mobilize as many individuals as possible to strengthen the movement for educational excellence.
“We are excited about this partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Teach For America,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “We share the common objective of improving communities through education, which can only occur by supporting the development of teachers, our greatest asset.”
The donation to Teach For America will augment the efforts to strengthen education in low-income areas.
“The disparities of poverty unfortunately often limit the life prospects of our young people. We are proud to partner with the Sugar Bowl Committee and the College Football Playoff Foundation to address and overcome the challenges our students, families and educators face. Through the common pursuit of this goal we know we can give all children a world-class education that equips them to be tomorrow’s leaders by providing ongoing training, support, and leadership development to our Teach For America teachers,” said Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director for Teach For America- Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta.
About the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 81-year history. The 82nd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring Oklahoma State from the Big 12 and Ole Miss from the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2016. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.
About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.