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Basketball brings a different way of helping students manage money

Basketball brings a different way of helping students manage money

Basketball brings a different way of helping students manage money
February 12
02:02 2014

Ashley Salazar / Intern Writer

The Student Money Management Center will host a basketball event at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Pohl Recreation Center as part of Money Week.

Students will strengthen their money skills while playing the basketball classic “Around the World” and two lucky winners of the game will each win a pair of Dallas Mavericks tickets.

“We’re looking to attract students who want to have fun while learning something about money,” said Britney Karlin, marketing senior and co-chair for Money Week,. “It should be a fun event for all students.”

Students will be timed on how successfully they can shoot baskets from five pre-determined spots on the basketball court. If a student is not happy with their results and would like to try again, they must answer another question correctly before taking their next shot. Questions will be about topics such as student loans, simple credit concepts and basic budgeting.

“During Money Week, we will often see a lot of students at events and programs that have never attended our workshops, needed help from our loan programs, or scheduled a coaching session,” Karlin said.  “The more students who know about the center, the more opportunity we can help students strengthen their money skills.”

Emily Scifres, social work junior and SMMC peer mentor, said that the SMMC strives to strengthen the responsible handling of money for all students.

Kinesiology junior Chris Ikenyei has never been to a SMMC event, but said it would be cool to learn about money management and how to build credit.

The basketball tournament is open to all students and aims to engage those who use the Rec Center and want to have fun.

“Even though our center is across the street from the Rec Center, there are still many students who use the Rec Center that don’t know that we even exist,” Karlin said.  “By partnering with other departments on campus, we’re trying to get more students aware of our center and services. We don’t want to be the best kept secret on campus.”

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