KANSAS CITY, Kan – It’s been written that what we sow, we will also reap.
That’s even true when it comes to money. Basic budgeting lessons were in the air at one metro high school this morning, as a Kansas City Chiefs player discussed financial literacy.
They've been there before. That's why a game of Financial Football meant so much to students at Turner High School on Tuesday morning, as voices of experience lent their time to teach the basics of money management.
To play good football, it helps to have enthusiasm like Travis Kelce's in the huddle. Students at Turner High – as well as NFL Football fans -- know him as the starting tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, and a popular target for recording touchdowns. However, they didn't know he could teach them about saving dollars and financial sense.
Kelce shared stories of his own financial decisions – ranging from his learning to save money at a young age, to failing to pay a cable television bill while he was in college.
“It's a little different coming from an NFL athlete than it is coming from a teacher or parent. I know how that can get kind of routine, hearing from your parents every day about keeping up with your finances,” Kelce said.
Kelce led one team in a financial-preparedness quiz against another team led by Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes. Each time the teenagers answered a money-based question correctly, the football moved up the gridiron on a video game, which was projected onto a screen on the wall in their classroom.
“Setting a good foundation is important,” Estes told FOX 4. “You can make some financial mistakes at a very young age. It can haunt you throughout your financial career for a long time.”
The game’s points landed with the high school crowd. Turner High Students, such as senior Gustavo Martinez, said now that he knows how to save money, he's going to play the game.
“Being more aware of where your money goes, and being more aware that everything you do comes back to you, and it's something that I'm going to take into account now,” Martinez said.
Treasurer Estes told stories of his own high school days and taking a financial literacy class. He reminded students that without knowledge of how to take care of their money, their financial futures are doomed.
VISA, the worldwide credit company, sits at the heart of Financial Football. Company leaders said they've introduced the literacy program to thousands of students in 47 US states.