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Financial Football Teaches Students about Personal Finance

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When New England Patriot wide receiver Wes Welker isn't busy training and setting records, he's out there making the world a better place. I've written in the past how he's motivated me. When he's not doing New Kids on the Block songs and dances for charity (see the previous link), he's teaching children in Hawaii the value of personal finance.

Welker passes along the kind of advice that we've been preaching for some time in these parts - things like "save 10 percent of their income and 'make sure to put away substantial amounts for rainy days ahead.'" as well as "As far as shopping... I just to pass that on to them... you can't spend more than you have coming in." What's his encore, bring about world peace?

I'm giving Welker all the credit here simply because I'm an extremely biased Patriots' fan. The larger truth is that San Francisco 49er Patrick Willis is spreading the word with him. However to be completely fair, the credit should go to Visa for sponsoring the event and coming up with a way to make personal finance fun. They created a personal finance quiz game. It's loosely based on football where you move the ball down the field with each correct answer. The kids in this video seem to love it.

I played a round of the online game and didn't share their enthusiasm. It seems to be a two player game. While it was fairly easy for me to score with the Patriots (except for the silly question of how much does 500 one-dollar bills weigh), I found myself intentionally choosing the wrong answers when the Colts had the ball. I would have liked to played some defense instead, but that's just me. And while I found the questions on the easy side, for the age group (and someone not a personal finance nut) it may be appropriate and something that I'd introduce my children to (if I had kids). It would be interesting to see if they could beat dad on the gridiron.

I've said it in the past make personal finance a fun game and you'll see change.

Posted on February 5, 2009.

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3 Responses to “Financial Football Teaches Students about Personal Finance”

  1. DK says:

    Choosing wrong answers for the Colts?! You had to, of course, or they’d have beaten you. Again.
    :)

  2. Lazy Man says:

    I don’t know, I think the Patriots still hold the upperhand in that rivalry. I do remember the Colts winning a Super Bowl after beating the Patriots, but I think the Patriots might have knocked the Colts out of the playoffs are couple more times, some of them by significant margins :-)

  3. I went back and watched that video about his NKOTB “Right Stuff.” Um, okay! LOL. That was pretty funny. But, I can definitely appreciate an athlete who is trying to be a positive role model. I think athletes, for the most part, are overpaid and a bunch of whiners when they don’t get their way. It’s good to see someone living up to that salary and actually being a positive force, not only in sports, but in other areas of life as well. I like the Patriots, but I like them even more knowing they have someone like this on the team!

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