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TCU Partners with College Football Playoff Foundation’s Go Teach Project

TCU’s College of Education, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and TCU Athletics have partnered with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Go Teach Project to strengthen U.S. education through the recruitment of student-athletes into the teaching field.

“We are very proud to collaborate with our College of Education and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, as well as the CFP Foundation, on this very meaningful project,” Jeremiah Donati, TCU director of Intercollegiate Athletics, said. “It would be extremely rewarding to see more student-athletes become teachers, sharing their knowledge and life experiences while serving as positive role models for our youth.”

The interdisciplinary project team met to identify and overcome barriers for student-athletes and develop new courses and programs. The collaboration will enhance the current partnership between the College of Education and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences to prepare physical education teachers and promote more physical activity in schools through Debbie Rhea’s LiiNK Project.

“Many student-athletes hold characteristics and skills that we look for in future teachers and coaches, such as dedication and passion for education and the ability to inspire and motivate students in the classroom,” said Jan Lacina, associate dean of graduate studies.

The CFP Foundation started the Go Teach Project to provide a platform and tools for institutions to recruit qualified teaching candidates who can make an impact in classrooms across the country.

“We are pleased to be able to support a pathway for student-athletes into the profession,” CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky said. “It is wonderful to see the TCU College of Education and TCU Athletics align for a common goal, which is no doubt going to be a win-win for all involved.”

The project is part of the CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform Extra Yard for Teachers, dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.

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