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Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis to Promote Financial Literacy with East Greenwich High School Students

Secretary Mollis to team up with the RI Jump$tart Coalition and Rhode Island's 2014 Teacher of the Year to Play 'Financial Football'

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary Mollis will join the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, Pat Page, Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year, and her personal finance students, to play 'Financial Football' on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at East Greenwich High School.

Financial Football is a free NFL-themed online game and curriculum that rewards personal financial knowledge through virtual first downs and touchdowns. The game lets fans of all ages choose their favorite NFL team and play against the computer or each other, tackling topics ranging from understanding debt to saving for college.

The game can be played by all at: www.rhodeisland.financialfootball.com

East Greenwich High School personal finance students have created a program that will preview the NFL's week 8 match-up between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins through a game of Financial Football, complete with faculty, coaches, school-board "owners," and even a tailgate party.

"I enjoy any opportunity to talk to young people about personal finance. 'Financial Football' turns important lessons about money management into a fun activity for family and friends," said Mollis. "Financial lessons learned today, benefits students for the rest of their lives. Keeping the Pats on top is a great educational expression of our support for our home team, of which I am a fan!"

A win for the Patriots, or any other NFL team is recorded on the national leader board. Every time the Patriots win a game, the Pats get a vote in a national poll as students learn more about protecting themselves against financial pitfalls. In addition to the web-based game, Financial Football is also available as a free iPhone app on iTunes as well as an optimized iPad version.

The centerpiece of Visa's nationwide educational initiative with the NFL and NFL PLAYERS, 'Financial Football' helps students and adults tackle their financial futures. The game 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.

The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a nonprofit organization comprised of academic, business, civic and labor leaders founded in 2004 with the purpose of increasing the personal financial capabilities of the people of the Ocean State.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island and making government more open and accessible.

For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit www.sos.ri.gov

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 10-17-2013

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