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Treasurer James McIntire, Andrew Weber of the Sounders FC, and Visa Inc. Collaborate to Showcase Financial Soccer



Foster Senior High School Students Score Financial Goals with the help of Treasurer James McIntire and Andrew Weber of the Sounders FC

Seattle, WA – October 15, 2012 – Attacking head on the issue of financial literacy improvement among Washington teens, Washington State Treasurer James L. McIntire was joined by Sounder FC Andrew Weber, Visa Inc. and, members of Jump$tart a non-profit financial education group today. They announced a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students, using Financial Soccer. Financial Soccer is a free educational video game and classroom curriculum, developed by Visa Inc. and is a FIFA World Cup™ branded.

Today's event was held at Foster Senior High School and is part of an ongoing financial literacy initiative. State officials, sports athletes, and Visa Inc. have partnered together with schools around the county promoting and advocating the importance of financial education.

Financial Soccer is a free, educational video game that combines the world's most popular sport with a high-quality financial literacy curriculum to create an innovative approach for helping children and adults learn about personal finance.

"We need to help Washington's young people attack the financial responsibilities that come with adulthood, whether it is buying a car, living within a budget, avoiding too much debt or building credit," said Treasurer McIntire, "this game presents important financial concepts in a way that's fun. This is a valuable program and a great partnership between my office, Visa, and FIFA."

Students from Foster High school teamed up against each other and to play a game of Financial Soccer. It challenges the players to answer fast-paced, multiple-choice money management questions correctly to advance down the field for a chance to score a goal. Financial Soccer game features three difficulty levels – geared to children, teens and adults – and has companion lesson modules for classroom use. Players learn key concepts about saving, responsible spending, budgeting and the wise use of credit. Financial Soccer is part of Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa's free, award-winning, financial education program. You can play on line at http://www.watreasurer.financialsoccer.com or order copies of the game from the Treasurer's office.

"Preparing for your financial future is no different than preparing for a soccer game," said Andrew Weber, goalie for the Sounders FC. "You have to take the time to put together a winning plan and for money that includes knowing how to budget, save and invest it."

"For over a decade, Visa has been committed to promoting financial literacy and we are proud to assist Treasurer James McIntire in his efforts to strengthen financial education," said Jason Alderman, Senior Director of Global Financial Education, Visa Inc.

Financial Soccer comes on the heels of Visa's other financial literacy video game, Financial Football, which was developed with the NFL and NFL PLAYERS. Financial Football, which was re-invented earlier this month, has been distributed by 35 state governments, including Washington, to every public high school in those states.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Gina Stark,360-489-4438 or regina.stark@tre.wa.gov

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