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Carolina Panthers roll out financial literacy program at Mallard Creek High School

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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, left, jokes with teammate Greg Olsen on Tues., March 11, 2014 at Mallard Creek High School. Williams and Olsen were on hand with North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, The Collaborative and Visa Inc. to address the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. An announcement that there is a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football. Financial Football is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Mallard Creek High sophomores Jewell Ham and Sasha McKnight participate in a game of Financial Football on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, tight end Greg Olsen, The Collaborative and Visa Inc. were on hand to address the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. An announcement that there is a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football. Financial Football is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell smiles as she listens to a Mallard Creek High student’s response to a question during a game of Financial Football on Tues., March 11, 2014. Joining treasurer Cowell were Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, tight end Greg Olsen, The Collaborative and Visa Inc. The group addressed the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. An announcement that there is a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football. Financial Football is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and his Team Olsen of Mallard High Creek students listen to a question during a game of Financial Football on Tues., March 11, 2014. Also present for the game were North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, The Collaborative and Visa Inc. The group addressed the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. An announcement that there is a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football. Financial Football is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Elvin Crabbe Jr., from left, a Bank of America consumer market executive, and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen present Mallard Creek High students’ answers to a Financial Football question to Nathaniel Sillin of Visa Inc. on Tues., March 11, 2014. Also present for the game were North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, The Collaborative and Visa Inc. The group addressed the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. An announcement that there is a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football. Financial Football is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc.

Middle and high school students across North Carolina will soon be introduced to a new type of football – financial football.

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and tight end Greg Olsen met with State Treasurer Janet Cowell at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte on Tuesday to announce the rollout of an NFL-themed financial literacy program to every public school at those levels in the state.

The game was created by credit card company Visa in partnership with the NFL and a nonprofit called The Collaborative. Teams of students have to answer questions covering everything from setting a budget to how money market accounts work to advance down the field.

Andrew Dunn

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