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VISA - NFL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2006

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Maria Hatzikonstantinou
For Visa
(703) 683-5004, ext. 131
maria@crc4pr.com

Steve Burke
For Visa
(703) 683-5004, ext. 108
sburke@crc4pr.com

Visa USA, U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon and New Orleans Saints All-Pro Quarterback Drew Brees Teach New Orleans Area Students How to Tackle Their Financial Futures

Interactive "Financial Football" Game and Program Helps East Saint John High School Students Cross Real-Life Money Goal Line

Reserve, LA – October 24, 2006 – Going on offense to advance financial literacy, today, Visa USA, the NFL, PLAYERS INC and U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-3-LA) have teamed up with NFL star Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints to engage New Orleans area students in a different kind of football game - one that prepares them to become fiscally fit adults. Called "Financial Football," this animated, money management computer game is the centerpiece of a 17-city Visa/NFL initiative to promote youth financial literacy around the country.

In addition, Visa also presented East Saint John High School with a donation of over $2,000 to be used for school supplies.

"Learning the fundamentals of money management at an early age gives young people a real advantage in meeting their own financial goals," said Drew Brees to a room full of students and teachers at East Saint John High School. "Managing money and finances is a vital life skill, and one that that is best taught, and learned, before high school graduation."

Huddled in the East Saint John High School Library, Brees coached the "home team" comprised of half the students, while U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon headed up the "visiting team." Together, the two engaged students in "Financial Football." The content, developed with the cooperation of the NFL and its players, incorporates lessons taught through Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa’s free, award-winning money management program.

"Financial Football" combines the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty. To score points, a team needs to answer questions correctly. And, just like in the NFL, penalties can cost a team yardage. The team with the highest point total after four quarters wins the game.

"It is so critical for young people to learn smart money management skills because it is one of the basic building blocks for success in today's competitive and changing world," said U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-3-LA). "I am pleased that students here at East Saint John High School will be able to use the valuable resources included in the Practical Money Skills for Life Program," added Melancon.

Today’s event is the eighth stop of this educational campaign. Last year was the inaugural season for this national effort between Visa, the NFL and PLAYERS INC to get students engaged and excited about their financial futures. In addition to being a game, this year "Financial Football" is also a one week, five part financial literacy program designed for high school instruction.

"Equipping our nation’s youth with a roadmap to financial freedom and success really needs to be a cooperative effort between schools, the community and government," said Debra Schum, principal, East Saint John High School. "By working together, we are preparing them to make wise financial decisions for a lifetime."

"Financial Football" is part of Practical Money Skills for Life (www.PracticalMoneySkills.com), a comprehensive financial literacy program - available in English, Spanish and Chinese – that teaches young adults personal finance skills.

"Visa is proud of its long standing commitment to financial education and greatly appreciates the assistance we received today from Drew Brees," said Jason Alderman, director, Visa USA. "We take great pride in our NFL sponsorship, which is enabling us to work with so many talented players to give students the tools, resources and encouragement they need to become more financially literate."

This free, educational resource provides teachers with lesson plans (kindergarten-college) mapped to their state education requirements. For students, there are interactive games and calculators designed to teach responsibility and important concepts such as earning, saving and budgeting money.

About Visa USA
Visa USA is the nation's leading payment brand and largest payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumers and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders in the payment system — members, cardholders and merchants. Through its 13,369 member financial institutions, more than 500 million Visa-branded cards have been issued to cardholders in the United States.

Worldwide, cardholders in more than 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume.

Worldwide, cardholders in more than 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume. VisaNet, Visa's global processing system and the world's largest financial network, processes transactions with unparalleled reliability.

Visa offers a trusted, reliable and convenient way to access and mobilize financial resources — anytime, anywhere, anyway.

For more information or to schedule an interview with a Visa USA spokesperson, please contact Maria Hatzikonstantinou (ext. 131) or Steve Burke (ext. 108) at (703) 683-5004.

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