Posted on April 9th, 2021 in Featured

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 9, 2021) – As part of its legacy programming, members of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee unveiled the first media center makeover at Southport Middle School in Perry Township.

The makeover at Southport Middle School focused on primary work areas for their media center, including the addition of new computer stations, tables, chairs and comfortable seating areas for reading and studying. Some of the new low-tech offerings include a sewing machine, button maker and LEGO wall. The high-tech additions include Android Tablets, 3D printers and App-Enabled Robot Balls to assist students in learning to code.

“Our commitment is to provide each student with a high-quality education,” said Patrick W. Mapes, Superintendent of Perry Township Schools. “Through the generosity of the College Football Playoff Foundation makeover program, we are better positioned to achieve this goal. This investment in Southport Middle’s media center will energize our young learners with top-of-the-line technology in a more inviting space where they can learn and grow.”

In support of the CFP Foundation and its mission to uplift teachers grades K-12, the Indianapolis Host Committee has committed to invest $1 million in legacy programs in partnership with The Mind Trust. These programs include the Indiana eLearning Lab, Teach Indy and the Extra Yard Makeovers.

Four Indy-area schools were selected for media center makeovers and were identified based upon the percentage of students from low-income households served and the verified need for a media center makeover within the building. These makeovers provide resources for the schools to transform school spaces with enhanced technology and creative design to meet the demands of 21st century teaching and learning.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the host committee and local partners in this investment at Southport Middle School,” said Britton Banowsky Executive Director of the College Football Playoff Foundation. “As more students and teachers return to on campus learning, it’s powerful for them to be able to experience a new and innovative media center. This will certainly make a positive impact on students and teachers for many years to come.”

In addition to the media center makeover at Southport Middle School, the CFP Foundation and Indianapolis Host Committee plan to unveil three additional makeovers throughout the remainder of this year. These locations include:

  • Garden City Elementary (Wayne Township)
  • James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy (Lawrence Township)
  • Victory College Prep (Center Township)


About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community investment arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment, and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

About the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee
The 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee works with the CFP to promote, organize and execute the January 10, 2022, CFP National Championship game and its related events in the Indianapolis community. The Indianapolis Host Committee remains committed to a seamless partnership with the CFP and stakeholders to continue making a difference in communities across the state of Indiana after the game and into the future. For more information, visit

About Lakeshore Learning
Lakeshore Learning Materials is a leading developer and retailer of top-quality materials for early childhood education programs, elementary schools and homes nationwide. Since 1954, Lakeshore has offered innovative learning materials distinguished by their quality, educational merit, and safety. To learn more, visit

This news release was written by the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee.