Families across the country, especially here in Ohio, are busy preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl event. With the Cincinnati Bengals, who are led by Athens local, Joe Burrow, returning to their first Super Bowl since 1988, it looks to be an exciting weekend. The unofficial Super Bowl holiday is a time to not only take in the final weekend of the National Football League (NFL) season, but to also enjoy special food with friends and family. The commercials during the game are pretty entertaining too.
The Super Bowl can also be a fun way to teach your kiddos some important financial skills. How does the world’s most popular sporting event do this? By making it a fun game of course! In this edition of OVB’s Financial Fun Friday, we are showcasing the Financial Football game, which was launched by Visa and the NFL. The game is available to play for free through iOS and Android apps as well as online. Featuring 3D graphics, the interactive game teaches valuable financial lessons for multiple age groups, while keeping a fun, football theme.
Gamers can choose to play in Rookie mode, recommended for ages 11-14; and All Pro, recommended for ages 14-18. Adults can even brush up on their financial skills or perhaps learn a new thing or two by using the game’s Hall of Fame mode, which is intended for ages 18 and up. Once players choose their mode, they can opt to either do a quick five minute game or choose between 10, 20 and 30 minute games. From there, the real fun begins as participants pick their favorite NFL team to play as. There is even a coin toss to get things started just like a true football game!
All players learn key concepts about saving and spending, budgeting and the wise use of credit in preparation of game play. As the game gets underway, players can select a category as well as challenge level. Categories include the following key financial topics:
- Identity Theft
- Life Events
In addition to the game, visit https://www.financialfootball.com/lessons for more football-themed financial lessons. The lessons can be used by teachers or parents who are looking to help children learn healthy financial habits.
We hope you take some time to hone your financial skills this weekend as you prepare for Sunday’s big game. If your dream is to attend the Super Bowl in person some day a great way to save for that goal is to set and stick with a budget. With Financial Football, you can learn how to do that and have some fun along the way!
For more interactive financial lessons, visit the OVB Virtual Classroom. In this space you will find a variety of financial video lessons as well as corresponding handouts and activities. Check out future editions of Financial Fun Friday for additional content.