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State of Indiana Partners with College Football Playoff Foundation to Support Educators

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Thursday, August 30, 2021

Holly Lawson
Deputy Director of Communications
(317) 232-0536

Free Admission Available for Teachers at State Parks on Sept. 12

INDIANAPOLIS - As part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) 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, Sept. 12.

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“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.”

Through a partnership between the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the 2022 CFP Indianapolis Host Committee, and the CFP Foundation, one-time free admission is available to any DNR property on Sept. 12 when educators present their school ID.

“While the DNR protects, enhances, and preserves Indiana’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources, it is Indiana’s teachers who strengthen and grow our most important resource,” said Director of the Indiana DNR Dan Bortner. “It is an honor to host them and celebrate their efforts.”

In addition, IDOE and CFP will host special recognition events for teachers on that day at five state parks across Indiana: Salamonie Lake (Huntington County), Indiana Dunes State Park (Porter County), Fort Harrison State Park (Marion County), Brown County State Park (Brown County) and Patoka Lake (Dubois County). These events will include food, music, activities and resources for teachers and their families.

“Indiana’s educators are continuing the incredibly important work of keeping our students safely learning through challenging times,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Our educators’ work makes a major difference – for our students, and for our state – and I’m ecstatic that, in turn, we can come together as one state to celebrate how great teachers change lives. Let’s elevate and support Indiana’s educators, on Sept. 12, during other CFP celebratory events, and every day.”

These events are a lead in to the 2022 CFP National Championship, which will take place in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10, 2022. 

In addition to free state park admission, IDOE 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.

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