Visa Teams Up with the NFL to Tackle Financial Literacy with New Video Game

Visa’s new and improved Financial Football video game features
more ways to play and learn than ever before

SAN FRANCISCO & EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#FinLit–Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), the Official Payment Services Partner of the NFL,
today announced the launch of its new and improved Financial Football
video game for the 2018 – 2019 NFL season at an event in New Jersey with
New York Giants stars, Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley. The free video
game lets fans ages 11 and older suit up as a player from their favorite
NFL team and play a virtual game of football designed to help students
learn to make smart money-management decisions.


Research shows one-in-five teenage students in the U.S. lacks basic
financial skillsi. Forty percent of adults said that if faced
with a $400 unexpected expense, they would either not be able to pay it
or would do so by selling something or borrowing moneyii. As
new payment methods such as mobile payments, contactless cards and
wearables become more prevalent, it underscores the need for financial
literacy starting at an early age and continuing into adulthood.

“Financial Football provides young people in our communities with the
tools and understanding of sound money management, helping prepare them
for a lifetime of smart financial decisions,” said Marianne Mwaniki, SVP
and Head of Social Impact at Visa. “As the world’s leader in digital
payments, we are proud to partner with the NFL to combine the excitement
of football and financial literacy to bring otherwise difficult money
matters to life for students.”

Financial Football features improved 3D graphics and enhanced game play.
It challenges players to answer multiple-choice and true or false
questions to advance down the field in order to score a touchdown. New
features include:

  • Single player and head-to-head games
  • Three different levels of difficulty: Rookie (ages 11-14), Pro (ages
    14-18) and Hall of Fame (ages 18+)
  • Expanded categories include: Budgeting, Saving, Financial
    Institutions, Credit, Debt, Identity Theft, Life Events
  • The ability to play both offense and defense. Players can select from
    over 40 offensive plays, as well as the ability to stop their
    opponents from advancing by answering a defensive question correctly.

The latest version of Financial Football, makes financial education
accessible to everyone, no matter how or where they choose to play. The
game is available through iOS and Android apps and online. Visa has
joined with 49 state governments and the District of Columbia to
distribute copies of the game to middle and high schools in those
regions. Visa’s Financial Football can now be played online at
financialfootball.com or downloaded on any computer or mobile device as
a free app.

At MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Giants stars, Eli Manning and Saquon
Barkley hosted more than 100 high school students for the official
launch of the new Financial Football video game. The two players coached
the head-to-head game competition and led students through skills and
drills activities focused on financial education categories.

“Visa’s Financial Football is a fun way for kids and adults to learn
about financial literacy and responsibility,” said Eli Manning, the
Giants’ veteran quarterback. “Football fans of any age can participate
and tackle the important life skill of money management. It’s important
we equip our children with that knowledge.”

The game, which has been played more than 10 million times is available
in English and Spanish. To put your financial literacy skills to the
test, download Financial Football at: https://financialfootball.com/downloads.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our
mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable
and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and
economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet,
provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable
of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The
company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid
growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind
the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world
moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products,
people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more
information, visit usa.visa.com/aboutvisa, visacorporate.tumblr.com
and @VisaNews.

i Source: National Endowment for Financial Education, April
2017

ii Source: Federal Reserve’s Economic Well-being of U.S.
households Report, May 2018

Contacts

Visa Inc.
Katie Harris-Maines
Kathharr@visa.com

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