UMSL center puts on financial football showdown

Oakville High School led by St. Louis Rams tackle Adam Goldberg (fourth from the left) and students from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City played by teleconference a virtual, NFL-themed video game testing their financial knowledge.

The longstanding “I-70 rivalry” between Missouri’s two cities with NFL teams expanded this week with a virtual, NFL-themed video game. The event, Financial Football Show-Me Showdown, was hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

A dozen high school students from Oakville High School (St. Louis County) led by St. Louis Rams tackle Adam Goldberg faced off with students from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, led by former Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Mark Vlasic, in a virtual, NFL-themed video game to test their financial knowledge.

Financial Football is a fast-paced, educational video game developed by Visa to creatively test students’ money management skills.

Grant Black, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at UMSL, said the event is geared toward promoting financial education.

“During the interactive game, each team of students answers financial questions that allow them to move down a simulated football field and score touchdowns,” Black said. “Although our team lost eight to seven, our students answered a number of questions and showed their strong financial knowledge.”

Oakville High School sophomore Jake Marshall said the game was a lot of fun.

“This is a great way to keep us interested in financial and relate it to something we enjoy like video games. Making it fun and competitive was really cool,” he said.

More information:
http://umslce.org/index.php/centers-a-programs/entrepreneurship-and-economic-education

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