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Feel Good Friday: ESPN College Football Lends Support to Educators During “Extra Yard for Teachers Week”

We can all use some feel-goods these days; Front Row will bring you all the feels, every Friday, through the goodness of familiar ESPN faces


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Front Row is expanding on “FGF” goodness every Friday as we put our own spin on the segment by highlighting the “good” being done by familiar faces from around ESPN who are helping to make others – and themselves! – feel good. This ongoing series showcases even more ways that ESPN is #OneTeam, signifying how we are all in this together.

One of the regular Friday highlights now ingrained in the noon ET SportsCenter is a segment called “Feel Good Friday.” It’s self-explanatory.

Today, co-anchors Elle Duncan and Matt Barrie welcomed (legendary) actor Michael O’Keefe, aka caddy (and Ty Webb disciple) Danny Noonan from (the masterpiece 1980 film) “Caddyshack.”

Here at Front Row, we have established our own FGF and it continues today with ESPN’s fifth year of supporting the College Football Playoff Foundation’s annual “Extra Yard for Teachers Week.”

With the help of ESPN Corporate Citizenship and the CFP Foundation, ESPN’s college football team is surprising teachers across the country with gift cards and sharing stories of educators within game telecasts and studio programming from Sept. 12-19. In all, ESPN is surprising teachers with $20,000 in support of educators and students.

ESPN reporter/host Jen Lada helped emcee the CFP Foundation’s kickoff on Sept. 9. During the event, she shared a personal story of the teacher who helped her most – Mrs. Kay Hansen, who taught speech and composition.

With schools at all levels across the country forced to adopt new learning plans due to COVID challenges, supporting teachers and the work they do is more important than ever.

Below are examples of the kinds of uplifting segments that have aired on College GameDay, SEC Network, ACC Network and throughout game coverage on multiple ESPN networks during Extra Yard for Teachers Week.



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Amanda Brooks contributed to this post.

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