Too often people are taken advantage of in both legitimate business transaction and through frauds by con artists. So I wanted to give a plug to a very well done educational tool that utilizes a football video game to entice people into learning practical money skills. Financial Football which was created in partnership between the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Visa's Practical Money Skill's for Life program, and the NFL lets children, teens, and adults test their money management skills and financial literacy by answering questions that allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns when you make the correct choices.
Available to play online via your personal computer or laptop for FREE, Financial Football
puts players fiscal knowledge to the test in an online simulation
game environment by combining the structure and rules of the NFL with
financial education questions of varying difficulty. Visa has also
released the game as a FREE iPhone app on iTunes, along with an
optimized HD iPad version. The game can be played in single player mode or against a friend in head-to-head action. It really is a fast-paced, fun game that can be challenging for all ages.
To start the game you can pick its length ranging from 5 minutes to 20
minutes plus select which NFL team you want to play as. Difficulty
settings are also available with Rookie (Ages 11 -14), Pro (Ages 14-18)
and Hall of Fame (18+) to choose from. Players are than able to select
defensive and offensive plays with difficulty levels of easy, medium and
hard which are followed up with questions about financial literacy and
money management that correspond to the selected play's difficulty.
If you get a question right you than your team is
successful with their play, but if you get the question wrong than your
QB will get sacked, your running back hit for a loss, or a wide receiver
drops the ball. The harder the successfully completed question the
better your players do so an easy question might get you one or two
yards, a medium question 5 yards and a hard question could get you ten
yards or maybe even a break away touchdown.
This game takes a topic that can be boring and mundane for many kids and
adults and adds some excitement to it that will help ingrain important
tips and information into people's heads as their competitive instincts
get them involved with this game. As a parent, I'm always keeping an
eye out for opportunities that combine entertainment and education to
assist getting kids to embrace learning. Financial Football is a great
way to catch children and teens' interest and help them become
For more information about the FINANCIAL FOOTBALL video game, CLICK HERE.