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Most Valuable Teacher Initiative

In 2021, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl partnered with FIS and the College Football Playoff Foundation to
honor the best playmakers of the classroom across Duval County.

In support and celebration of local teachers, we gave away $1,000 each week throughout
college football season to deserving, local teachers — our MVT’s (Most Valuable Teacher’s)!

In addition to the $1,000, all teachers recognized throughout the fall were invited to attend the
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl as our guests and be honored on-field during the game!




See below for our frequently asked questions on the MVT initiative. If you have additional questions that are not listed below, please contact Kayla Vanderlaan –

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl MVT (Most Valuable Teacher) initiative was designed to celebrate and support teachers in our community as it’s no question they are the playmakers of the classroom. To support, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation and FIS have designated $16,000 to give back to local teachers throughout college football season.

All public and charter school teachers Kindergarten through 12th grade in Duval County.

Teachers that were recognized as MVT’s during the 2021-2022 school year are ineligible to win.

All applications can be filled out online at Click Here to Apply Now.

Beginning August 22, one winner will be randomly selected each week. The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl team will reach out to the school directly to surprise the winning teacher of the week in their classroom. Each week’s winners will be posted on the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl social media channels as selected.

Each MVT will receive a $1,000 grant to spend however you’d like using DonorsChoose.

If you are selected as the MVT, a member of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl team will surprise you at your school to tell you the good news! We will then grant you your $1,000 gift using DonorsChoose. Recipients will be able to post a ‘project’, receive funding from the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and then receive the goods directly to their school.

All recipients of the MVT grant will be invited to be our guest at this year’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on December 30, 2022 at 3:30pm on Bill Gay Grounds at TIAA Bank Field. Each recipient will be given two (2) tickets + parking  and honored on-field during the game.

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will select each MVT of the week at random using a random number generator.

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will be selecting FOURTEEN winners this year to each receive $1,000 for a total of $14,000 given back to local teachers this fall!

All property acquired from your ‘project’ is to stay with the school unless otherwise directed by your school officials.

2022 MVT’s


Contact our Marketing & Charities Manager, Kayla Vanderlaan