The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Money

December 18, 2006

‘Financial Football’ coming to W.Va. high schools, libraries

If you ask a high school student which is more fun, finance and economics or football, most will say football. Now there will be a way for students to have fun with both at the same time.

Former Marshall football star and current NFL All-Pro wide receiver Troy Brown of the New England Patriots will team up with West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue and Visa USA to kick off the statewide roll out of “Financial Football,” an interactive money management football computer game and high school curriculum that is coming to every high school and library in the state.

“To help West Virginia high school students take control of their financial futures, on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Troy Brown, West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue and Visa USA will announce the first ever statewide roll out of ‘Financial Football’ at Capital High School in Charleston,” said Steve Burke, who is promoting the event for Visa USA.

Burke says the interactive, money-management game and curriculum can help Mountain State students “cross the real life money goal line.”

“The game combines the structures and rules of the NFL with financial questions of varying difficulty,” Burke explained. “It’s an initiative to promote youth financial literacy.”

Financial Football puts students’ fiscal knowledge to the test in an online football simulation environment where they have to answer money-management questions correctly to score points. Students answer questions like “What’s a PIN number?,” “What should you do if you don’t get a receipt from an ATM?” and “What number do you divide by to calculate your annual salary?”

“It’s designed to make personal finance learning both fun and engaging for students,” Burke said. “Financial Football is also a free one-week, five-part financial literacy curriculum designed for high school instruction.”

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