Skip to Content

Most Valuable Teacher Initiative

New this year, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl has 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 will be giving 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 will be invited to attend this year’s
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl as our guests and be honored on-field during the game!

Applications are open until November 15th at 5 PM (EST) | Giveaways will begin October 5th

*Limited one entry per teacher throughout the duration of this program


  • Teachers in Duval County can nominate themselves to be our MVT’s at anytime between now and November 15th.
  • Beginning October 5th, one winner will be selected each week through a random draw of qualified applicants, those not drawn will remain in the pool for the following weeks
  • The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will contact the school to surprise the teacher and honor them as the MVT of the week on TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Teacher Tuesday
  • $1,000 prize will be given to the teacher via a DonorsChoose gift card.


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 $10,000 to give back to local teachers throughout college football season.

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

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

Beginning October 5th, 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 New Year’s Eve at 11 AM 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 TEN winners this year to each receive $1,000 for a total of $10,000 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.


Contact our Marketing & Charities Manager, Kayla Vanderlaan