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Schools Chief Jack O’Connell, LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan Teach L.A. High School Students How to Score Financial Goals with Financial Soccer
Visa’s Free FIFA World Cup-Themed Personal Finance Video Game Showcased at University High School
Landon Donovan speaks to students before playing Financial Soccer.
Donovan's team goal celebration.
Jack O'Connell applauds students' effort.
Los Angeles, CA - December 17, 2009 - As part of an ongoing global financial literacy effort, Visa Inc. has joined with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and Los Angeles Galaxy Captain Landon Donovan to showcase a new FIFA World Cup™ branded educational video game to University High School soccer players.
Visa’s Financial Soccer is a free educational video game that combines the world's most popular sport with a high-quality financial literacy curriculum to create an innovative approach for helping children and adults learn about personal finance. As part of this initiative, Visa has donated 10 Apple MacBooks to University High School to play Financial Soccer and for other academic uses.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a professional athlete or a student with a part-time job, the same financial lessons apply,” O’Connell said. “We hope that by learning about money management in a fun way, concepts like saving, budgeting and the wise use of financial products will stay with students throughout their lives.”
A FIFA Partner since 2007, Visa has been working to roll out Financial Soccer in over 12 countries in the months leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The game is now available for U.S. players, in both English and Spanish, at www.financialsoccer.com.
Financial Soccer is part of Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa’s free, award-winning, financial education program. The program contains comprehensive money management resources and lesson plans tailored for use at home and in the classroom. The game is the latest component of Visa's longstanding commitment to financial literacy which has helped millions of people worldwide learn how to manage their money wisely.
”It is critical, especially in today's challenging economic environment, that everyone have access to the tools and resources they need to make informed financial decisions," said Jason Alderman, Director of Financial Education, Visa Inc. "For more than a decade, Visa has been committed to promoting financial literacy and we are grateful to Superintendent O’Connell for his leadership in strengthening financial education efforts for students.” “It would have been great to learn more about personal finance when I was in school,” said Donovan, who also captains the U.S. national team. “Fortunately, Financial Soccer provides today’s students with the opportunity and tools to learn about the financial world in ways that were never available to me when I was younger.”
Financial Soccer challenges players to answer fast-paced, multiple-choice money management questions correctly to advance down the field for a chance to score a goal. Financial Soccer offers single player and head-to-head game play options and is being translated into a dozen different languages. This free game features three difficulty levels – geared to children, teens and adults – and has companion lesson modules for classroom use. Players learn key concepts about saving, responsible spending, budgeting, and the wise use of credit.
Financial Soccer comes on the heels of Visa’s financial literacy video game developed with the NFL and NFL PLAYERS. To date, that game - Financial Football - has been donated by Visa to 24 state governments who have in turn, distributed it to every public high school in those states. As part of this, Superintendent O’Connell and Visa worked together in 2007 to distribute Financial Football to all high schools in California.
About Visa Inc.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
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