Screenshot from Ardent CU's Money Ninja website. Screenshot from Ardent CU’s Money Ninja website.

A Philadelphia credit union has enlisted the help of a local soccer star, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Matt Freese, to teach young people how to live financially healthy lives.

The $799 million Ardent Credit Union, which is the professional soccer team’s official credit union, announced last week that it had signed Freese as a spokesperson. The 23-year-old soccer player will be featured in advertisements for Ardent’s Cash and Stash accounts, which encourage members ages 13 to 26 to practice smart money management with their checking and savings accounts, respectively. He will also help promote the credit union’s commitment to helping members of all ages learn to manage their money through products that reward good money habits, according to Ardent.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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