DALLAS – The Cotton Bowl Foundation and College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation made Monday a BIG DAY for teachers and educators in the North Texas community.
The two foundations teamed up to present grants of $50,000 each to Catch Up & Read and Urban Teachers as a part of the day-long celebration as a part of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Across the country, BIG DAY is projected to produce more than $4 million in grants, direct aid and desperately needed resources to teachers and educators.
In a presentation at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary School in the Richardson Independent School District, Catch Up & Read and Urban Teachers were unveiled as the grant recipients to become the first two organizations to receive multiple grants from the Cotton Bowl Foundation. Teachers and staff on hand from both organizations were also surprised with Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and CFP Foundation gift bags presented by former NFL and Notre Dame star and College Football Hall of Famer Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
“This is a great opportunity for the Cotton Bowl Foundation to let the teachers know in our community that we care and that we are able to give money to help with the spirit of what they are doing both at Catch Up & Read and Urban Teachers,” said Bry Patton, Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “Doing this with the College Football Playoff Foundation gives us that much more bang for the buck. This is their big day and to be a part of that is a great experience for us.”
Catch Up & Read is a non-profit, community-funded organization that is transforming the lives of at-risk elementary students in the Dallas Independent School District by equipping them to read on grade level by third grade. The organization collaborates with teachers, principals and administrators on an instruction and tutoring program that drives extraordinary and sustainable results.
“It’s such an honor today to receive this check on behalf of the teachers at Bukhair Elementary and the other schools we serve,” said Catherine LeBlanc, CEO and Founder, Catch Up & Read. “There’s not a conversation that happens that people don’t talk about how hard it is to teach kids at home. Anything we can all do for our teachers to give them support because they’re the ones who can change the world, we are just honored to do that.”
Urban Teachers is a multi-city non-profit organization with the mission to improve the educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers who accelerate student achievement and disrupt systems of racial and socioeconomic inequity.
“This grant from the Cotton Bowl Foundation and College Football Playoff Foundation is going to enable Urban Teachers to continue preparing high-quality teachers for the classroom and kids who need support the most,” said Emily Garcia, Executive Director, Dallas-Fort Worth, Urban Teachers. “We’ve enjoyed our partnership with both foundations for several years and we look forward to continuing to do good work together and remain committed to the teachers in our community.”
BIG DAY is the largest single-day effort of community impact ever undertaken by college football. The Cotton Bowl Foundation joined more than 150 CFP Foundation partners – universities, conferences, bowl games, high schools, and corporate and educational organizations – across the country in a national day of saying “thank you” to teachers and educators performing their essential duties against the extraordinary backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Cotton Bowl Foundation
The Cotton Bowl Foundation, the official foundation of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, serves North Texas by supporting programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth with the vision of making an impact on those who play the game, attend the game and support the game. Since 2016, the Cotton Bowl Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants and financial support benefiting non-profit organizations in the surrounding communities.