TULSA – FC Tulsa is continuing its commitment to give back to the community of Tulsa. During Teacher Appreciation Week FC Tulsa players and front office staff, in collaboration with UpliftEd, are heading to teachers’ homes to give them a care package from the club which includes some FC Tulsa merch as well as tickets to a future game.
“Teachers in Tulsa play an important role in developing the young minds in our community,” said Wayne Farmer, FC Tulsa’s Director of Operations and Fan Engagement. “With everything going on surrounding COVID-19, we know that they've been affected greatly. In teaming up with UpliftEd, we would like to show our gratitude and appreciation for everything that they do.”
UpliftEd is a nonprofit founded by Tulsa native Alisa Andrews, a teacher who has returned to her hometown and dedicated herself to bettering the lives of teachers in Tulsa.
“We love partnering with companies that prioritize Tulsa schools,” Andrews said. “It means the world to teachers to be embraced by the community. It boosts their perceived value and respect. Having a popular sports team work with UpliftEd is a big honor, and we appreciate FC Tulsa’s help spreading our mission to support teachers in need.”
Teachers from schools throughout the Tulsa Public School district will be receiving these care packages throughout the week, hand-delivered safely with social distancing practices by FC Tulsa players and front office staff.
These educators represent East Central Junior High, Salk Elementary, Monroe Demonstration Academy, Mitchell Elementary, Key Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, and more throughout the Tulsa community.
“We hope that this package lets teachers know that they are appreciated,” Farmer said. “They will always have the club’s support. As a reward for all they do, we want these educators and their families to come and experience professional soccer on us.”
Andrews and UpliftEd are committed to improving conditions for the hard-working teachers of Tulsa, and she said she sees these care packages as a special moment for them.
“They're definitely going to put smiles on teachers' faces and lift their spirits,” Andrews added. “It's not often that teachers receive gifts or recognition. Our hope is that community support will influence teachers' decisions to stay in our district.”
It's another example of FC Tulsa living out its hashtag of #ForTulsa during this difficult time. On Monday, FC Tulsa announced a $500,000 matching gift to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa to help the museum continue the good work it is doing in the community.
“I encourage the Tulsa community to support nonprofits like UpliftEd and to thank all teachers and front line workers for everything they do for our community,” Farmer said. “I think this year is extra special with the creative ways teachers are making sure children are still learning.”