Posted by Deanne. | Wednesday November 7, 2018


For immediate release:

(Honolulu, HI) The Hawai‘i Bowl and Teach for America Hawai‘i are teaming up to help empower Nānākuli – Wai‘anae Complex area teachers. Through ten $1,000 “Extra Yard for Teachers Innovations Grants,” the two organizations are offering financial support to innovative projects created and realized by our local teachers.

Current teachers in the Nānākuli – Wai‘anae Complex area are invited to apply for a grant at In their applications, they are asked to describe their projects, the potential impact of their projects and how the grant will assist them in their project execution.

Information on how applications will be scored may be found at
All applications are due by Sunday, November 25, 2018. Grant recipients will be notified by the first week of December.

Additionally, the ten awardees will be honored during the Hawai‘i Bowl football game Saturday, December 22 at Aloha Stadium. We encourage the entire community to come out and celebrate Hawaii’s inspiring teachers.

The “Extra Yard for Teachers Innovation Grants” are made possible through the generous support of the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation, the Mountain West Conference, the College Football Playoff Foundation and Teach For America Hawai‘i.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the Hawai‘i Bowl and its Foundation have donated more than one million dollars to Hawai‘i charities. This year, the Hawai‘i Bowl is celebrating its 17th year of exceptional collegiate football in Hawai‘i with two of the best teams from the Mountain West and Conference USA vying for the coveted championship. For more information, please visit

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About Teach For America Hawai‘i

Since 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America – Hawai‘i has recruited and developed over 800 educational leaders. Beginning as teachers serving public school students affected by poverty, the alumni of our program continue to work across career sectors – including education, law, business, medicine, and government – to improve opportunities for young people and advocate for educational equity. As a native and rural region of Teach For America, we work with local and national partners to provide all students with access to an education that empowers them to be authentic leaders of our local and global communities. For more information about our region, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of nearly 60,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Mountain West

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to  cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 20th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.

Press Contact:

Joshua Lee, Teach for America

(808) 371-0289

Derek Inouchi, Hawai‘i Bowl

(808) 956-4478

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ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); TBD Bowl Game (Boston); Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Texas);   Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (Nassau);  MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Myrtle Beach Bowl (South Carolina); New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); SoFi Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Anchorage, Alaska); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (TBD) Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Orlando Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.);  Phil Knight Invitational (Portland, Ore.); State Farm Champions Classic (New York City) and Wooden Legacy (Anaheim, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball
St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson (Clearwater, Fla.)

Collegiate Esports
Collegiate Esports Championship (Houston)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.