OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – An Ole Miss student-athlete is giving back to his community after nominating his high school counselor as part of the SEC and College Football Playoff Foundation’s partnership through the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program.
Ole Miss football’s Caleb Warren was recently selected to represent the Rebels after recommending Nanih Waiya Attendance Center vocational/history teacher Betty Luke to receive recognition through the national initiative. Nanih Waiya will receive a $10,000 grant from the CFP Foundation and the SEC to use towards the purchase of classroom supplies and materials through Donorschoose.org.
The SEC worked with its 14 institutions to identify student-athletes from eight different sports who have had a teacher that greatly impacted his or her life. Each of the educators will be honored through a testimonial by the respective student-athlete which will air on SEC Nation, the SEC Network's traveling pregame show, during the college football regular season. The student-athlete video tributes will also be featured weekly on social media and SECNetwork.com.
"The Southeastern Conference is proud of its continued association with the College Football Playoff Foundation and the opportunity to recognize outstanding teachers who have made a significant impact on the lives of our student-athletes,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Through the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative the SEC is able to honor teachers in a significant way and support the important work conducted in classrooms across our footprint.”
“Our partnership with the SEC has been simply outstanding in our efforts to support teachers and celebrate their important roles with their students,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “The SEC Network helps tell their stories and bring them to life. We are so appreciative of the support the SEC and its 14 member schools give on behalf of teachers.”
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