Pa. NFL legends team up for Harrisburg financial literacy event

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Brian Dawkins and Hines Ward, who had successful NFL careers with the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively, were in Harrisburg to help teens learn a crucial lesson about financial decisions Tuesday, September 20.

The two former NFL stars were at Solder Grove Park coaching high school kids through a virtual game of “financial football.”

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By answering questions correctly, students moved football forward on the pitch by learning about cheques, credit cards, loans, debts and responsible money management.

“You look at the debt and where we are as a country. I think a lot of it is because of financial literacy, they don’t have the training, we don’t use our resources, and we don’t teach our kids at a young age about financial literacy. So for me to participate today and see these kids come out is a blessing in itself,” Ward said.

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Sen. Chris Gebhard and the “Fin-Ed-50” program, which organized the financial football event, want all 50 states to add financial literacy classes to their schools.

Geraldine L. Melton