State of Indiana Partners With College Football Playoff Foundation To Support Educators

Free admission is available for teachers at Indiana State Parks on September 12.

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Educators from across the state will benefit from Indianapolis hosting the College Football Playoff National Championship.

As part of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week, Hoosier teachers are invited to visit an Indiana State Park, reservoir, or state forest for free on Sunday, September 12.

All educators need to do is present their school ID when visiting any DNR property.

“If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s that great teachers change lives,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “Indiana is proud to partner with the Indianapolis Host Committee to give all Indiana teachers – our 2021 Teachers of the Year – the recognition they so deserve.”

In additional to free state park admission, the Indiana Department of Education is partnering with the Indianapolis Host Committee and CFP Foundation to celebrate Indiana’s educators with a range of statewide events, including:

  • Extra Yard for Teachers Week: Throughout this annual week-long celebration from Sept. 10-18, the Indiana college football community will let teachers know they are valued, respected, and needed through teacher appreciation events, experiences, and giveaways.
  • Who Is Your Indiana Teacher of the Year?: As part of Extra Yard for Teachers Week, this social media campaign will encourage Indiana residents to recognize teachers they admire by nominating them with the #INTOY21 social media hashtag, as well as by submitting an online form. Nominated teachers will receive prizes and recognition.
  • Tailgate Tour: This fall, the Indianapolis Host Committee will travel to high school football games across the state to cheer on teachers and coaches through the inaugural Indiana Tailgate Tour. The Tailgate Tour began Friday, Aug. 20, and will continue through the middle of October. The tour will include prizes, games, and opportunities for communities to recognize teachers.

These events are a lead-in to the 2022 CFP National Championship, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10, 2022.

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