August 16, 2021 / Morgan Snyder


Participating high schools will receive $1,500 in grants from the Indy Host Committee to aid in teacher and classroom development and assist with athletic department needs.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (Aug. 13, 2021) - In conjunction with the 2022 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship coming to Indianapolis on Jan. 10, 2022, the 2022 Indianapolis Host Committee today announces it is bringing the inaugural Indiana Tailgate Tour to select high school football games across the state this fall. In addition to providing an interactive tailgate at each location, the Indianapolis Host Committee, dedicated to supporting teachers, is donating a total of $54,000 to participating Indy Tailgate Tour high schools.

From August 20 to October 15, the Indiana Tailgate Tour will activate at 18 high school football games across the Hoosier state, from South Bend to Evansville and numerous communities in between. The Indiana Tailgate Tour will visit each of the nine Indiana Department of Education school districts statewide. At each stop, fans will participate in prize giveaways, corn hole, a photo booth, and exciting football-skill activities with USA Football prior to kickoff. During halftime, the Indianapolis Host Committee will award a $1,000 grant to the participating schools to aid in teacher and classroom development. An additional $500 will be donated to each school’s athletic department. 

“When it comes to major events, Hoosiers know it’s truly more than a game,” said Mark Howell, board chair of the 2022 Indianapolis Host Committee. “While the Indiana Tailgate Tour will be a great way for us to connect with local communities across our great state, it also serves as a platform for supporting schools and educators to improve student outcomes and leave a long-lasting impact on the people of Indiana. The Indianapolis Host Committee is honored to partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation in providing much needed support to Indiana schools and teachers.”

The Indiana Tailgate Tour schedule can be found at

The 2022 CFP National Championship will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10. The excitement of the pinnacle of college football will begin in downtown Indy on Saturday, January 8. Championship Campus, which includes CFP signature events such as Playoff Fan Central, AT&T Playlist Live!, Allstate Championship Tailgate, Media Day, the Extra Yard 5K and Taste of the Championship, will provide fans with a walkable footprint that will feature a comprehensive festival of attractions and activities. 

The 2022 CFP National Championship, which will rely on the support of over 2,500 volunteers, is expected to bring an estimated economic impact of $150 million to Central Indiana.

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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 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 the College Football Playoff Foundation

The CFP Foundation is the community-engagement 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 USA Football

USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental, and competitive programs to advance, unify, and grow the sport. As football’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and organizer of the U.S. National Team program for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy, and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school, and other amateur players.