CHAMPIONS
EDUCATE
HERE

The Los Angeles College Football Playoff National Championship Host Committee, the College Football Playoff Foundation, ChampionLA supporters, and the LA84 Foundation launched Champions Educate Here to identify and celebrate up to 46 educators—including physical education teachers, elementary and special education teachers, coaches, and after-school staff—who harness the unique power of sport, play, and movement to support the mental health and social-emotional needs of students. These educators use return to play as a context for recovery from the pandemic and find joyful ways in which to reconnect youth with themselves, their peers, their school, and their academics.

BENEFITS

Each selected educator will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 to expand their efforts at their respective schools. Awards may deliver play equipment, social-emotional learning resources, uniforms, field trips, coaching education, wellness spaces, and/or infrastructure projects.

Additionally, the initial 23 recipients will receive a professionally produced video to create more exposure for their programs and share techniques to inspire fellow educators. Videos will be released sequentially throughout the season.

SELECTED EDUCATORS

Martha Alba-Gonzalez—Chavez Elementary, Long Beach USD 

Reginald Bellamy—Inglewood High School, Inglewood USD 

Vincent Brascia—Orthopedic Medical Magnet High School, LAUSD 

California Ultimate Association (Leo Decter, Toph Eggers, Naomi Guzman, Katie Killebrew)—IUSD 

Pablo Carlos—Sun Valley Magnet School, LAUSD 

Jonathan Castaneda—St. Joseph School, La Puente 

Alfredo Crossman-Chavez—KIPP Corazón Academy Upper School, LAUSD 

Lauren Fletcher—City Honors International Preparatory School, IUSD 

Yolanda Galeazzi—Rise Kohyang High School, LAUSD

Daysi Garcia—PUC Excel Charter Academy, LAUSD 

Henree Haitkin—Luther Burbank Middle School, LAUSD 

Walter Lopez—John C. Fremont High School, LAUSD 

Patrick Merrill—4th Street Primary Center, LAUSD 

Jason Morgan—Dominguez High School, Compton USD 

Jason Orona—KIPP Promesa Prep, LAUSD 

Kevin Pearson—Warren High School, Downey USD 

Joshua Perea—El Rancho High School & The STEAM Academy at Burke, El Rancho USD 

Monica Rubalcava—St. Anthony of Padua School, Gardena 

Felipe Valencia—Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School, LAUSD 

Nicholas Westfall—Alexander Hamilton High School, LAUSD 

Alyssa Worbetz—Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles, LAUSD 

Colin Yamashita—Rise Kohyang Middle School, LAUSD 

Maggie Yu-DiPasquale—LAUSD

NOMINATIONS

To learn more and nominate an educator who has been using return to play as a context for recovery from the pandemic—please click below.

  • Nominations remain open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until 46 educators are identified.
  • Priority is given to educators who are harnessing the unique power of sport, play, and movement to support the mental health and social-emotional needs of students.
  • Nominations are limited to educators (including coaches) who serve high-needs schools in Los Angeles County:
      • Public schools
      • Parochial schools
      • After-school service providers affiliated with Los Angeles County school districts
  • Please note funds are limited; submit nominations promptly for immediate consideration.

Additional information is provided on the FAQ Sheet.

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