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October 11, 2010
Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Releases Financial Football 2.0 – Free, Educational Video Game: Money Management Game to Improve the Financial Literacy of North Dakota Teenagers

Bismarck, North Dakota – October 11, 2010 – As part of an ongoing financial literacy effort, Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has collaborated with Visa Inc. to release Financial Football 2.0 an NFL-themed educational video game. Financial Football is a game that combines the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty to create an innovative approach for helping children and adults learn about money management.

“This financial education initiative provides a winning playbook for students’ financial future. This program educates while it entertains students so that they retain these valuable financial lessons,” said Treasurer Schmidt. “This program is possible because of a partnership between the State Treasurer’s Office, Visa and the NFL.”

This engaging, fast-paced game also includes companion classroom lesson modules for teachers who want to expand and reinforce greater financial learning for students. The four modules, each designed for a standard class period, cover skills and information that are vital to students' futures. The new release is available in English or Spanish and can be played online or ordered at no cost www.northdakota.financialfootball.com. The game is also available as a free iPhone app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad version.

Financial Football is the latest version of the popular financial literacy video game created by Visa and the NFL, which was originally introduced in the state of North Dakota in April of 2009 and rolled out to schools and libraries statewide.

“The earlier we can engage our students with solid financial education, the brighter their futures and North Dakota’s,” said Schmidt. “We are excited to release this new version of Financial Football, which makes financial literacy fun and exciting for all ages.”

Financial Football challenges players to answer fast-paced, multiple-choice money management questions correctly to advance down the field for a chance to score a touchdown. Financial Football offers single player and head-to-head game play options. This game features three difficulty levels – Rookie (ages 11–14), Pro (ages 14–18) or Hall of Fame (ages 18+). Players can select from 42 offensive plays, including running and passing options. There are also defensive opportunities so players can stop their opponents from advancing by answering a defensive question correctly.

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, Practical Money Skills for Life gives educators, parents and students access to free educational resources including personal finance articles, games, lesson plans, and more.

The State Treasurer and her staff serve the people of North Dakota by providing sound leadership and prudent investment practices of state dollars. The Treasurer’s office also works in cooperation with the Bank of North Dakota. The Mission of the Office of the State Treasurer is to fulfill its constitutional and statutory responsibilities in order to assure sound financial oversight and absolute safety of all public funds collected, managed, and disbursed.

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