Football season was supposed to be officially over after the Super Bowl, but at least one Detroit Lion was back in action Wednesday.
Lions’ tight end Eric Ebron took to the gridiron in a virtual way, taking on State Treasurer Kevin Clinton and Ann Flood, director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services in a no-holds barred game of Financial Football, a computer game that aims to teach youngsters the importance of financial literacy.
At the kickoff — held at the NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club in Detroit on Tireman Street — Ebron led one team of students against another captained by Clinton and Flood. The students answered questions related to personal finances, with correct answers advancing their “football” down the field and incorrect answers resulting in negative yardage. Students could select easy, moderate or difficult level questions to increase their yardage on each play — or risk losing more if they get the answer wrong.
“The kids really got into it,” said Terry Stanton, spokesman for the Treasury Department. “It’s pretty neat stuff and you could see the wheels turning in the students’ heads as they collaborated on the answers. It’s a great way to help them learn more about financial literacy.”
Sponsored by Visa, NFL, NFL Players and the Michigan Jump$tart Coalition, copies of the Financial Football DVD are being distributed to all Boys & Girls Clubs and public libraries throughout the state. In years past, the state, Visa and the Jump$tart Coalition has distributed copies of the computer game to all public, private and charter middle and high schools in the state. Classroom curriculum materials also are distributed.
Visa has also released the game as a free iPhone app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad version. An online version of the game is available at www.michigan.financial
football.com. Financial Football is part of Practical Money Skills for Life (www.practicalmoney
skills.com) a free financial education program also created by Visa.