(FOX Providence) - The World Cup kicks off later this week and the folks at the Rhode IslandJump$tart Coalition have found a way to combine soccer andfinancial literacy.
In addition to an event next Saturday at the Wide World of Indoor Sports, they areencouraging people to play Visa’s Financial Soccer Gameonline.
Steve Votolato, President of Rhode Island Soccer, joined TheRhode Show to talk about these efforts.
How did Rhode Island Soccer get involved in this effort?
We are partnering with the Jump$tart Coalition to promote thisprogram designed to reach students and parents in an interestingway with a message about the importance of financial literacy.It’s important to make sure young people are getting theskills they need to succeed in an environment where financialproducts are getting more and more complicated. And what better wayto do this than by combining the world’s most popular sportwith a high-quality financial literacy curriculum.
Visa’s Financial Soccer is an online game. You can go to www.financialsoccer.com and it’s a greatinteractive site. Financial Soccer challenges players to answerfast-paced, multiple-choice money management questions correctly toadvance down the field for a chance to score a goal. There aresingle player and head-to-head game play options. Visa’s beenrolling out the game in over 25 countries in the months leading upto the 2010 World Cup and it’s a great way to capitalize onthe excitement of this international competition and get youngpeople playing the game and thinking about these issues.
We’re very excited to be involved in this effort. Soccer RhodeIsland was established in 2000 and consists of approximately23,000 players—both boys and girls—3,400 coaches and800 referees spread throughout forty clubs and associations in thestate. Our mission is to foster the physical, mental, and emotionalgrowth and development of Soccer Rhode Island's youth through thesport of soccer at all levels of age, abilities, andcompetition.
What’s the event Saturday?
We’ve invited high school soccer players from all over thestate to take part in a friendly competition, to play the videogame and determine the Financial Soccer Rhode Island Cup champion.It’s going to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the WideWorld of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield. Two high school playersat the event will receive signed photos of US National SoccerCaptain Landon Donovan.
If you can’t make it to the event Saturday, kids andfamilies can log on to Financial Soccer all through the World Cupand play the game. It’s a great way to combines all that isgreat about soccer with the skills that are necessary to live alife of financial stability.