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Secretary of State Ross Miller and UNLV Soccer Coach Team Up to Teach Money Management to Middle Schoolers
Posted Date: 10/28/2009
Classroom Event kicks off Visa, Inc.’s brand new Financial Soccer game
in Clark County schools

(Carson City, NV; October 28, 2009) – Secretary of State Ross Miller today teamed up with UNLV Soccer Coach Mario Sanchez and Clark County School Superintendent Walt Rulffes to play a little soccer and teach Jerome Mack Middle School students about wise money management. The event was the kick-off of Visa Inc.’s brand new Financial Soccer game that teaches students the basics of saving, spending, budgeting, and using credit. Financial Soccer is a fun and fast-paced multiple choice question game that allows students to score goals by correctly answering questions about money management. The package includes a comprehensive lesson module that helps teachers integrate the program into their classroom curriculum.

As the state official responsible for regulating investment securities and conducting investor education in Nevada, Secretary Miller has provided instructional aids to the school districts at no cost to them. He will distribute CDs of the Financial Soccer game and lesson plan to every school district in Nevada. The materials will help Nevada’s high schools meet new state requirements to teach financial literacy to all students.

“Much is asked of our educators these days, yet I support this new program that will help young Nevada adults avoid financial pitfalls as they venture out on their own,” Secretary Miller said. “Educating Nevadans about safe investing and other financial issues is an important element of the Secretary of State’s mission. So I want to extend the resources of my office to help Nevada’s students graduate with the skills to be smart money managers.”

Last month, Visa, Inc. announced the launch of the new FIFA World Cup™ branded educational video game as the centerpiece of a commitment to reach 20 million people worldwide with financial literacy information by May 1, 2013. To reach this milestone, Visa unveiled the free video game that combines the world's most popular sport with an award-winning financial literacy curriculum.

“I commend Visa for coming up with such an innovative way to teach money management,” Secretary Miller said. “And I’d like to thank Coach Sanchez for helping us with the kick-off today. There’s nothing like having some fun while you’re learning new skills.”

Secretary Miller is committed to educating Nevadans about smart investing and investment fraud. He and his staff have conducted dozens of seminars and distributed thousands of educational brochures throughout the state. Shortly after taking office in 2007, he provided school districts with an earlier version of Visa’s learning game, called Financial Football. His office has also provided each school district with copies of The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020, a comprehensive teaching guide developed by the non-profit Investor Protection Trust. All materials are provided at no cost to the schools.

The Financial Football and Financial Soccer games and lesson plans can be found at www.financialfootball.com and www.financialsoccer.com.
Other valuable investor education materials can be found at www.nvsos.gov/securities.
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