Throughout the 2021-22 school year, the Cure Bowl and College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation partnered up to recognize teachers through the Extra Yard for Teachers platform. According to the CFP Foundation Vision, their main platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four core areas: resources, recognition, professional development, recruitment and retention. “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…” Executive Director of Orlando Sports Foundation Alan Gooch said.
Both foundations teamed up to honor local heroes and dear friends of the Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF): Isaiah ‘Ike’ Wilson, Tyler Lampe, and Tina Crum. The OSF provided 10 Central Florida teachers – 3 from Seminole County, 2 at the All-Star Football Game, and 5 from Orange County – with $500 gift codes toward supplying their classrooms with better resources. These donations were made possible through the generous grant from the CFP. Those chosen exemplify leadership and mentorship beyond the classroom to the students they impact.
Through the 2021 Cure Classic All-Stars Game two teachers were honored, and the game was dedicated to Isaiah ‘Ike’ Wilson and Tyler Lampe, who were former coaches of the Cure Classic All-Star Game who lost their lives to cancer. Both understood being an athlete goes beyond the field; there is so much more than winning a game of football. They led their lives by example by being loving fathers and dedicated mentors. The 28th Cure Classic honored these men through presenting an Extra Yard for Teachers award to Denise Archibald from Lyman High School and Heather Delong from Oviedo High School. These two women represent what Ike and Tyler did, the utmost dedication to those they were able to impact and mentor. The Orlando Sports Foundation released the following about the event:
The Cure Classic All-Stars honored two former coaches who lost their lives to Cancer this past year, Ike Wilson and Tyler Lampe, both former coaches of the Cure Classic All-Star Games.
We lost two soldiers who stood with their athletes and teams through wins and losses because they understood there is so much more to the game of football than winning.
Both Ike and Tyler were dedicated fathers to young children whom they loved dearly and instilled strong family values as well as teamwork.
We dedicated the 28th Cure Classic to these men by presenting an Extra Yard for Teachers award to Denise Archibald and Heather Delong, teachers at Lyman High School and Oviedo High Schools. They represent outstanding leadership of young men and women in the high schools which Ike and Tyler dedicated their educational expertise.
The College Football Playoff and Orlando Sports Foundation have teamed up to honor local heroes and dear friends of the Orlando Sports Foundation: Tina Crum, Tyler Lampe, and Ike Wilson. The OSF gifted 10 Central Florida teachers with gift codes toward supplying their classrooms with better resources.
Corner Lake Middle School teacher Jessica Roberts had this to say regarding what this grant means for her and her students: “These books and learning materials will help students have access to the SSYRA titles for this upcoming school year. Other materials will be used for starting up our makerspace area! This list is crafted each year by seasoned media specialists who find new and exciting books for students to enjoy and vote on. I will create activities and crafts for students to enjoy related to these books through our lunchtime book club and makerspace area!”
These donations were made possible by a generous grant from the CFP. The recipients of the grants are as follows:
Jessica Roberts | Corner Lake Middle
Alexandra Pittman | Innovation Middle
Nancy Welch | Orange Technical College
Corin Metz | Thornebrooke Elementary
Maribel López | Timber Springs Middle
Denise Archibald | Lyman High School
Heather Delong | Oviedo High School
Clayton Donnan | Crooms Academy of Information Technology
Barbara Miller | Teacher on Assignment
Amy High | Idyllwilde Elementary Future Ready Academy
About College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college football’s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of college football’s unique regular season where every game counts.
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 cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including its signature event 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 www.OrlandoSportsFoundation.com
About the Cure Bowl
The Cure Bowl is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer. Funds raised from the Cure Bowl directly benefit cancer research organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the UCF Cancer Research Center. Since 2015, the bowl has helped raise a collective $3.88 million dollars to benefit cancer research. To learn more, visit CureBowl.com