DES MOINES, Iowa – State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has once again solicited the help of Visa Inc. and the NFL to launch a statewide initiative to enhance the money management skills of Iowa teenagers. Thanks to this special partnership, high schools across the state will be provided with a useful means for teachers to offer financial education to the students. This tool, Financial Football, is an interactive money management computer game with an NFL theme.
“I think we can all agree that knowing how to manage the money you have is every bit as important as being able to earn it,” stated Fitzgerald. “Financial Football is a great way to get students interested in personal finances and give them a fiscal playbook they can use the rest of their lives.”
To kick start the program, Treasurer Fitzgerald, along with Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, met with students at Lincoln High School in Des Moines last week. Together, they shared some valuable information about financial literacy and then led Lincoln students in an exciting game of Financial Football. Copies of the game have been sent out to all Iowa high schools. It can also be found at www.iowa.financialfootball.com.
“As State Treasurer, I am committed to providing Iowans access to unbiased financial information and education programs that can help improve their lives,” Fitzgerald explained. “It is important that all Iowans know how to handle their finances. Equipping our youth with financial knowledge now will foster responsible behavior into adulthood.”
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