Bank (NYSE:RF) and Visa Inc. joined with Mark Ingram, 2009 Heisman
Trophy winner, former Alabama Crimson Tide running back and current New
Orleans Saint; and Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer today to tackle
the issue of improving financial literacy among Alabama teenagers.
Together, they announced the statewide launch of Financial Football,
a free educational video game and classroom curriculum designed to help
high school and middle school students learn essential money management
skills. Developed by Visa Inc., Financial Football combines the
action of an NFL game with financial education questions based on
Financial Football will be distributed by the Alabama State
Treasurer to every public middle school and high school in the state. Regions
Bank and Visa are working with the state treasurer to share the
financial information and skills with students.
"Regions is a strong believer in promoting financial education and
helping teenagers understand the importance of making good financial
decisions," said John Turner, South Region president for Regions Bank.
"By learning concepts such as how to set a budget, how to save for the
future and even how investments and credit work, students can develop
financial management skills that will last a lifetime. Regions is proud
to work with Visa and with Treasurer Boozer to support this program."
The campaign kicked off at Calera High School as Ingram and Treasurer
Boozer led teams of students in a hard-fought, high energy game of Financial
Football. The game is an online simulation that combines the
structure and rules of the NFL with financial concepts. Players gain
yards and score points by correctly answering questions of varying
"Financial Football is a wonderful way to get students interested
in personal finances, and it gives them a financial playbook they can
use the rest of their lives," Treasurer Boozer said. "This is a valuable
pogram and a great partnership between my office, Regions, Visa and the
Before the game, Ingram shared with students his personal experiences on
the importance of money management.
"Students need to learn to make smart money management decisions early
in life," Ingram said. "It takes the combined efforts of parents,
teachers and mentors within the community to give teenagers a strong
background in personal finance."
Financial Football is available online at www.treasury.alabama.gov.
The game is accompanied by a classroom curriculum. Visa has also
released the game as a free iPhone
app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad
"For over a decade, Visa has been committed to promoting financial
literacy, and we are proud to assist Regions and Treasurer Boozer in
their efforts to strengthen financial education," said Nat
Sillin, Head of U.S. financial education, Visa Inc.
The launch of the Financial Football program in Alabama coincides
with Regions' annual "Financial Fitness Fridays." Throughout the month
of January, various Regions' branches across 16 states are hosting free
financial fitness events covering important topics such as budgeting,
borrowing, identity protection, investing and estate planning for
consumers and businesses. Regions' commitment to financial education is
year-round, and Regions offers a variety of free advice, guidance and
education services online at www.regions.com/advice.rf.
This launch 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 41 states and the District of Columbia to
distribute Financial Football to every high school and middle
school in those states.
Financial Football is part of Practical Money Skills for Life
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 10 languages in 30 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 program.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $117 billion in assets, is
a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's largest
full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth
management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions
serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and
through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700
banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and
its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.
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