Student-Athlete Services Holds Financial Literacy Event
By ODU Athletics
The Student-Athlete Academic Services of Old Dominion University held its first Student-Athlete Financial Literacy event on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. This event was titled Being Broke Ain't Sexy. It was held in the Big Blue Room located in the Ted Constant Convention Center.
There was an attendance of over 400 Student-Athletes. National speaker Eric Smith of The EKS Group, LLC lead two sessions that grouped freshmen and sophomores together and juniors and seniors together. The Financial Literacy initiative serves as education for student-athletes to learn how to strategically save, spend, and manage money. Our student-athletes learned the basics of saving to the advance stages of dealing with credit and retirement plans throughout their college careers at Old Dominion Univeristy.
Program Objectives for Financial Literacy Program:
- Educate Student-Athletes on the importance of managing money early
- Provide continued education on strategic saving and goal setting for finances
- Introduce information on credit scores and reports
Here are some of the remarks from Old Dominion Student-Athletes after the program:
"Eric Smith was very effective speaker. Interacts with audience, naming athletes and giving real life examples."
"It was great and I am glad I was able to come and learn skills I will use the rest of my life."
"It was great and I think more people should be exposed to this information."
"I feel like I have a head start on life."
"I’ve learned more about saving money to be wealthier in the future."