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Cure Bowl and CFP Foundation partner up with the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative

September 14, 2021 | Orlando Sports Foundation, Inc

Cure Bowl and CFP Foundation partner up with the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative


ORLANDO, FLA. – The Cure Bowl and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation partnered up to joined forces once again to recognize teachers via the Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) initiative.

The Cure Bowl received a grant from the College Playoff Foundation to recognize local teachers for their hard work and dedication to provide classroom supplies and resources.

To celebrate this partnership, CFP, Extra Yard for Teachers and Donors Choose, the Cure Bowl is recognizing local teachers who go the extra yard for their students.

The Big Day is part of CFP’ s Extra Yard for Teachers Week where that honors and recognizes an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond for their students. Throughout the week, the college football community, including universities, conferences, bowl games, and ESPN, goes out of its way to let teachers know they are valued and respected.

It was only fitting to recognize local Orange County teacher and Eccleston Elementary 2021-22 teacher of the year, Natalia Henry. As the teacher recognized for the Big Day, Natalia was gifted a $1,000 gift to Donors Choose to help with student resources.


“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss a wonderful educator and our 2021-22 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Natalia Henry. Since starting off as a 4th grade teacher in 2017, Natalia has shown herself to be a teacher that cares for the success of all of her students. She goes above and beyond continually to provide the students with the best instruction possible. Ms. Henry can be seen here early in the mornings meeting with her team and any guest teachers ensuring that they have everything they need for instruction. She can also be found at the school after school tutoring students in areas of need. In addition, she comes to the school on Saturdays for training as well as Saturday tutoring. Natalia’s initiative and drive are characteristics that I wish all of our teachers possessed. She is an example of a great teacher and Eccleston is glad to have her!”

– Kathy Shuler, Ed.D. OCPS Chief Academic Officer, Teaching & Learning


“We have been a part of the CFP’s Extra Yard for Teachers program from day one and as we all know…Great Teachers Impact Lives forever, we are so honored to work with the many teachers/ coaches in Central Florida through our Orlando Sports Foundation events and we are so honored to recognize a great teacher in Ms. Natalia Henry “

– Alan Gooch, executive director of the Cure Bowl and CEO of the Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF)


The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) host three annual events in partnership with its local schools.

· The Cure Classic is an outreach event for forty plus high schools in Central Florida which touches the lives of over two hundred teacher/football coaches, athletic directors, and

medical trainers. Held every December the Cure Classics honors graduating seniors with their final high school season.

· The Recruiting Fair takes place in January and invites high school coaches and athletes to meet college coaches from Div. II and III. The athletes and parents are invited to meet the college coaches if they have an interest in that college.

· The Cure Classic Combine is OSF’s newest event an is held for underclass athletes who want to established a set of skills and speed for recruiting services. They participate in speed, quickness, and strength drills and record times and distances for recruiting platforms. College coaches use this information in the evaluation of the potential recruits, average 50 athletes a year will get financial aid through this event.


About Orlando Sports Foundation

The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December.

With the combined support of Central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence.

The foundation works with our stakeholders to involve the entire community to join us in our quest to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer. The Orlando Sports Foundation focuses on research because we know we will all have to continue to manage the problem until we solve it. We focus our efforts on cancer because it touches so many lives. Together, we can tackle this. Click here to donate

For more information about the Orlando Sports Foundation or the Cure Bowl and affiliated events visit


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.