Financial 51

In 2008, South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union partnered with Financial 51 on a three-month financial literacy initiative created to increase financial awareness by leveraging sports figures as role models.

During the month of March, representatives of the Credit Union and Financial 51's Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints Linebacker, held financial literacy workshops at several local Miami High Schools. Speakers taught students the benefits of saving, budgeting and discussed the importance of good credit.

The month long financial literacy program culminated on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at an all day Financial Boot Camp held at the University of Miami's School of Communications.

Early morning breakout sessions were conducted by speakers from the Credit Union, who taught the 70+ high school students the value of saving, needs versus wants and how to be the CEO of their own company.

After lunch Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints teamed up with Vernand Morency from the Green Bay Packers (both local Miami high school graduates), to lead a panel discussion on the value of budgeting and life in the NFL. The event also included a friendly game of VISA's Financial Football lead by team captains Vilma and Morency. An autograph session, drawings, free gift bags and musical entertainment by Def Jam artist Ace Hood, concluded the eventful day.

For more information or to schedule a Credit Union speaker for your class, please call 305.270.6696 or send an email to

What is Financial 51?

Financial 51 was founded by Jonathan Vilma, of the New Orleans Saints and Dylan Ratigan, Executive Editor of CNBC's "Fast Money with Dylan Ratigan."

The organization's mission is to provide financial education to the public and provide key knowledge to allow its members to build a solid financial foundation. The organization will assist in providing the requisite information to its members to give them the power to make sound financial decisions. The organization will design and develop programs in furtherance of educating its members.

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