Students Learn Finances Through Football

Published On: Feb 04 2009 05:41:55 AM HST   Updated On: Feb 04 2009 06:34:13 AM HST

In these tough economic times, knowing how to manage money is more important than ever.

A video game that combines football and finances is being made available at every high school and public library in Hawaii.

The statewide program made its debut at Farrington High School.

In the game of "Financial Football" a correct answer moves you down the field. But, a wrong answer can set you back, much like the real world of money.

With many young people graduated without vital life skills like how to budget and save for the future. So, Visa partnered with the NFL to create a computer program to teach financial literacy.

"That's the whole idea of the program is to make financial learning fun, interesting, engaging so they want to learn about how to budget, how to save," said Manager Global Public Relations Nancy Panter, Visa Inc.

Hawaii is now the 21st state to receive the computer program donated by Visa.

Patriots All Pro Wide Receiver Wes Welker hopes kids will take his personal advice on money management to heart.

"No outstanding debts as far as shopping and clothes and things like that. I just try to pass that along to them and they're seeing you can't spend more than what you have coming in," said Wes Welker, New England Patriots wide receiver.

For 49ers All Pro Linebacker Patrick Willis the video game can be about as challenging as getting to the playoffs.

"It really makes you think. It had me thinking wow these some tough questions," said Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers offensive linebacker.

Farrington Senior and football center Paul Kama said he knows money management is no game.

"It's going to be beneficial to me as I go on to college. Hopefully, I can use money wisely and stuff," Kama said.


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