$11,000 Donated to 23 Local Teachers Through Touchdown for Teachers


SHREVEPORT, La. (Feb. 16, 2024) – The Independence Bowl Foundation partnered with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers to donate to local teachers following the 2023 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl with their initiative Touchdown for Teachers, and a total of $11,000 was donated to 23 local teachers through Touchdown for Teachers.

The College Football Playoff Foundation donated $1,000 for each touchdown scored in the 2023 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl – totaling $6,000, and the Independence Bowl also donated $5,000 through Touchdown for Teachers. This was the second part of donations to local teachers through Extra Yard for Teachers, as the Independence Bowl Foundation and College Football Playoff Foundation partnered to donate $6,780 to local teachers in the fall of 2023. Between the two rounds of donations, a grand total of $17,780 was donated to teachers in the Shreveport-Bossier area by the Independence Bowl Foundation and College Football Playoff Foundation. 

In partnering with the College Football Playoff Foundation, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl has donated over $85,000 to local teachers and schools since 2021. 

The following teachers received funding through Touchdown for Teachers:

  • Ms. Finister, Midway Mustang Academy (educational kits and games)
  • Ms. Pruitt, Turner Elementary Middle School (instructional technology)
  • Ms. Williams, Midway Mustang Academy (classroom resources)
  • Ms. Martin, Caddo Heights Math & Science Elementary School (flexible seating)
  • Mr. Jones, Queensborough Elementary School (instructional technology)
  • Mrs. Holbert, Walnut Hill Ementary Middle School (flexible seating)
  • Mrs. B, Captain Shreve High School (books)
  • Mrs. Farris, Pine Grove Elementarty School (flexible seating)
  • Mrs. Grant, Forest Hill Elementary School (classroom resources)
  • Ms. Puckett, Midway Mustang Academy (reading nooks, desks and storage)
  • Mr. Smith, Northside Middle School (sports equipment)
  • Mr. Johnson, Midway Mustang Academy (headphone sets to decrease external noise)
  • Ms. Hunt, Midway Mustang Academy (math games to assist with math lessons)
  • Ms. Mitchell, Midway Mustang Academy (snacks for classroom)
  • Ms. Cook, Amikids Caddo (place to work in peace)
  • Mrs. Coffin, Northside Middle School (Louisiana Readers’ Choice 2023-24 nominated title books)
  • Ms. Long, Captain Shreve High School (visit with author and poet Elizabeth Velasquez)
  • Ms. Collins, Midway Mustang Academy (non-fiction books from the who is/who was series)
  • Ms. Chatman, Midway Mustang Academy (sensory toys to help calm anxiety)
  • Ms. Carter, Midway Mustang Academy (math learning center activities)
  • Ms. Miles, Midway Mustang Academy (books that promote feelings)
  • Ms. Lenard, Midway Mustang Academy (decodable readers)
  • Ms. Washington, Midway Mustang Academy (headphones to enhance listening and focus)


Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is college football’s 11th most-historic bowl game and celebrated its 47th edition on Saturday, December 16, 2023. The Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the California Golden Bears, 34-14. The Independence Bowl Foundation announced a one-year extension with Radiance Technologies – ensuring they will be the title sponsor through 2025. The bowl’s conference, team, and television agreements also run through the 2025 season. Army West Point and the Big 12 are slated to match up against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA, which will be televised on an ESPN network.

The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. For more information, visit RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on Facebook, X and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

Independence Bowl Foundation

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