Washington Redskins' London Fletcher and Alfred Morris, Navy Federal Credit
Union and Visa Inc. Collaborate to Showcase Financial Football at the Navy
Exchange (NEX) at NSA Bethesda
Financial Education Video Game to Help Military Personnel Score Financial
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20, 2013
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tackling head-on the issue of
financial literacy among our nation's servicemen and women, Washington
Redskins' linebacker London Fletcher and running back Alfred Morris, Navy
Federal Credit Union and Visa Inc. visited the Navy Exchange at NSA Bethesda
today to showcase a free educational video game and classroom curriculum
called Financial Football.
James Horner, Navy Federal Branch Manager, kicked off today's event at the
Navy Federal Credit Union branch in the Walter Reed Exchange with help from
Fletcher, Morris and Visa. Fletcher and Morris both shared personal
experiences and their thoughts on the importance of money management with
military personnel in attendance. Horner, Fletcher and Morris then rolled up
their sleeves and led attendees in a high-energy game of Financial Football.
"Navy Federal is a strong believer in promoting financial education. We
strive to help our members understand how to set a budget, use credit wisely
and save for retirement," said Navy Federal Branch Manager James Horner.
"Visa's Financial Football is a valuable program and we're thrilled to be a
committed partner. Teaching responsible, money management skills is not only
a good thing to do; it's the right thing to do."
The centerpiece of Visa's nationwide educational initiative with the NFL and
NFL PLAYERS, Financial Football helps kids and adults tackle their financial
futures. The game is accompanied by a classroom curriculum.
"Consumers of all ages need to learn to make smart money management decisions
early in life," said Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. "You wouldn't get
on the field without a game plan. You need to plan your finances the same
"It doesn't matter whether you make minimum wage or millions," added Redskins
running back Alfred Morris. "If you don't learn to budget, save, invest and
pay bills on time, the consequences can be devastating."
Available online, at www.practicalmoneyskills.com/football, 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.
"For over a decade, Visa has been committed to promoting financial literacy
and we are proud to assist Navy Federal Credit Union in their efforts to
strengthen financial education for members of our military," said Jason
Alderman, Senior Director of Global Financial Education, Visa Inc.
This event is part of a national educational campaign with Visa, the NFL and
NFL PLAYERS, now in its seventh season. Since 2006, Visa has reached
agreements with thirty-five states and the District of Columbia to distribute
Financial Football to every high school and middle school in those states,
including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida,
Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New
York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia,
Financial Football is part of Practical Money Skills for Life
(www.practicalmoneyskills.com), a free, award-winning financial education
program that reaches millions of people around the world each year. Launched
in 1995, the program is now available in ten languages in thirty countries.
At Practical Money Skills for Life, educators, parents and students can
access free educational resources including personal finance articles, games,
lesson plans, and more. Visa also runs What's My Score
(www.whatsmyscore.org), a leading higher education consumer awareness
About Navy Federal Credit Union:
Navy Federal Credit Union is the world's largest credit union with over $52
billion in assets, four million members, 229 branches and a workforce of over
10,000 employees worldwide. The credit union serves all Department of Defense
military and civilian personnel and their families. For additional
information, visit www.navyfederal.org.
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 electronic payments. We operate
one of the world's most advanced processing networks-VisaNet-that is capable
of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud
protection for consumers and assured 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
SOURCE Navy Federal Credit Union
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