The connection between Appalachian State Athletics, its record-setting FBS football program, the Sun Belt Conference and the College Football Playoff Foundation led to an educational opportunity that had a mountains-to-sea impact.
Thanks to the FBS classification of the Mountaineers, App State received a $10,000 gift that benefited the local community through a partnership between the University, App State Athletics, the Reich College of Education and Watauga County Schools.
During App State's home football game against Georgia State on Nov. 17, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, Chancellor Sheri Everts and Dr. Melba Spooner, Dean of the Reich College of Education, presented Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliott with a $10,000 check as part of the College Football Playoff Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers initiative.
The Sun Belt will also recognize the initiative with pregame and in-game presentations during the inaugural Sun Belt Football Championship Game on Saturday in Boone. Appalachian State, which earned the right to host the game with its 7-1 conference record that led to an East Division title, will face West champion Louisiana at noon in Kidd Brewer Stadium. ESPN will televise the matchup.
"We'd like to thank the College Football Playoff Foundation and Sun Belt Conference for investing money at a local level and showing a commitment to our local teachers and educational leaders," Gillin said. "We're so grateful for all of the educators in our local community."
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