HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Department of Banking's Office of Financial Education, Visa and the National Football League and Players Inc. have teamed up to help high school students score a touchdown every time when it comes to financial literacy.
Recently high school students in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia kicked off "Financial Football", a free, money management video game that's being provided to every high school in Pennsylvania.
"We need to help Pennsylvania's young people tackle the financial responsibilities that come with adulthood, whether it is living within a budget, avoiding too much debt or building credit," said Secretary of Banking Steve Kaplan. "By combining
technology with NFL football, this game presents important financial concepts in a way that's fun."
Developed by Visa as part of the company's financial literacy initiative, "Financial Football" combines the action and excitement of professional football with financial education questions of varying difficulty. Players must answer questions correctly in order to gain yards and score points against their opponents. The harder the question, the more yards that are gained.
"Financial Football" can be played online for free at the Office of Financial Education Web site, www.moneysbestfriend.com. In addition, free CD-ROMs of the game and lesson plans are being provided to high schools across the state.
"Thanks to the generosity of Visa and the NFL, the Office of Financial Education has provided more than 2,000 free copies of 'Financial Football' to principals and department heads at every public, private and vocational high school in the commonwealth," said Kaplan. "We encourage teachers to use this fun and unique learning opportunity in their classrooms."
The Office of Financial Education was created by Governor Rendell in 2004 to increase the availability and quality of financial education in schools, communities and workplaces. It has provided training and assistance to more than 1,200 Pennsylvania teachers, had more than 150,000 visitors to its Web site, and provided financial education courses through a pilot program to more than 2,000 commonwealth employees.