MAP Tackles Financial Illiteracy with Visa and the NFL

Tackling the problem of financial illiteracy head-on, Member Access Pacific (MAP) has teamed up with Visa and the National Football League in an effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with “Financial Football,” a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. This educational video game and classroom curriculum is free of charge and was developed by Visa.

A part of MAP’s financial education initiative, Financial Football is a wonderful way to get students interested in personal finances and gives them a financial playbook they can use for the rest of their lives. In today’s challenging economy, it is even more important to find creative ways to educate young people on how to make sound financial decisions and protect their financial futures. It takes the combined efforts of parents, teachers and mentors within the community to give teenagers a strong background in personal finance.

The centerpiece of Visa’s nationwide educational initiative with the NFL and NFL PLAYERS, “Financial Football” helps students and adults tackle their financial futures. This free game is accompanied by a classroom curriculum and is being distributed by MAP. Available online, Financial Football puts students’ 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 version for iPad.

For more than a decade, MAP has worked directly with Visa to promote financial literacy and strengthen financial education throughout nation. This launch is part of a national educational campaign with Visa, the NFL and NFL Players—now in its seventh season. “Financial Football HD” is the latest version, having been developed with help from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who created a variety of its personal finance questions and appears on the cover. “Financial Football” puts individuals’ fiscal knowledge to the test in a game that combines the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty.

Member Access Pacific (MAP) is the nation’s only aggregator of the Visa Debit Processing Service platform for credit unions. MAP’s special role in the debit card marketplace provides our credit union clients with the unique opportunity to leverage Card Processing Technology, Security, and Service of Visa for their members. Our commitment to the credit union movement means we value our clients first and foremost. 

Financial Football is part of Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa’s free, award-winning financial education program that launched in 1995. The program contains comprehensive money management resources and lesson plans tailored for use at home and in the classroom. Financial Football can be played for free at The game challenges players to answer multiple-choice money management questions correctly to advance down the field for a chance to score a touchdown. Game play features include single-player and head-to-head options, as well as three difficulty levels: “Rookie” (ages 11–14), “Pro” (ages 14–18) and “Hall of Fame” (ages 18+). The game also includes companion classroom lesson modules for teachers who want to expand and reinforce greater financial learning.


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