NFL QBs Team with Visa, MAP to Showcase Football-Themed Financial Literacy Program

Tackling head-on the issue of financial literacy among teens, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Member Access Pacific (MAP) and Visa last week to showcase a football-themed effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students.

Working with MAP, Visa has distributed and developed free educational materials, including a video game and classroom curriculum called Financial Football.

The kickoff event was held at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans with help from Brees, Wilson and Visa officials. Brees and Wilson shared personal experiences and their thoughts on the importance of money management with students before rolling up their sleeves and leading student teams in a hard-fought, high-energy game of Financial Football. The teams were made up of students from McMain High School and McDonogh No. 35 High School, both in New Orleans.

Financial Football is a wonderful way to get students interested in personal finances and gives them a financial playbook they can use the rest of their lives,” said Cyndie Martini, MAP’s president and CEO. “This is a valuable program and a great partnership between MAP, Visa and the NFL.”

Visa, the NFL and NFL PLAYERS worked with MAP to make Financial Football and its accompanying curriculum a nationwide educational initiative that helps kids and adults tackle their financial futures.

“It doesn’t matter whether you make minimum wage or millions,” Wilson said. “If you don’t learn to budget, save, invest and pay bills on time, the consequences can be devastating.”

Available online at, 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 high-definition version for iPad.

“For over a decade, MAP and Visa has been working together to promote financial literacy and we are proud to assist schools in his efforts to strengthen financial education in the states across the country,” Martini said.

The event was part of a national educational campaign with MAP, Visa, the NFL and NFL PLAYERS, now in its seventh season. Working with MAP and Visa, the financial literacy program has reached agreements with 35 states, including Washington, to distribute Financial Football to every high school and middle school in those states.


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