CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Americans love everything about football, right? Well, an educational computer game from Visa and the National Football League may put that theory to the test.
Called "Financial Football," the game allows players to move up and down the gridiron and score points by correctly answering questions that test their financial literacy.
On Tuesday, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., was one of the luminaries who took part in the game — part of an effort to expand financial literacy programs in U.S. schools.
"I think to live in our country today, you have to understand debt," Hagan said. "I go to these community colleges and our great universities, and it's a concern. We have not done a good enough job expanding some of these horizons for youth."
Hagan was teammates with Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher for the demonstration hosted by the Wake Forest University School of Business. They lost 14-7 to a squad led by North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell.
The event illustrated that the kind of people who show up for a financial-literacy program are not the same people who could benefit most from improved financial literacy.
Both teams got almost every question right, and many of the questions were far too easy for a roomful of well-educated adults.
At one point, players were asked: Which of the following can print money? A) Each of the 50 states; B) The federal government; C) The United Nations; or D) All of the above.