Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry attends award ceremony for "4 Downs for Finance" contest winner
Back near the beginning of the 2015 NFL season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry surprised Nova High School students with a visit and to talk about the importance of financial literacy and to endorse the BankUnited '4 Downs for Finance' financial literacy contest.
Well on Tuesday evening, the contest finally came to an end as the grand prize winning essay was chosen, and again Landry made an appearance to present the $1,000 grand prize to Piper High School Student Nicole Emrick, who was one of twelve weekly essay contest winners who were recognized during the regular football season.
"It feels great," Emrick said about winning the award. "It means a lot to me."
For the past five years, BankUnited has partnered with the Miami Dolphins to put together the '4 Downs for Finance' essay writing contest, in which high school students can send in an essay every week detailing the importance of saving money and being good money managers.
"Basically we partnered up with BankUnited, explained financial literacy, we continue to educate kids on it while they're young and understanding points of saving." said Landry, who left Nicole speechless when they first met as the high school student was starstruck upon seeing him.
"She's really up to date on our football, as soon as I walked up to her she immediately started talking about players, teams, all kinds of stuff. And she wants to come work for the Dolphins, they could be great partners. Just to meet someone and have that effect on someone, it's important."
Even professional athletes could benefit from learning about financial literacy, there have been several athletes who have walked away from their sport and are now struggling to get by because they lacked the knowledge necessary to keep an eye on their finances.
Together, BankUnited and the Miami Dolphins are working towards making sure that these high school students, some of which are likely getting their first paychecks ever via part-time jobs, are getting the education they need to ensure that they can keep their finances in check and avoid situations where they'll struggle in the future, and pass on that knowledge to others as time goes on.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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