El Paso Locomotive FC Academy and GECU came together Thursday evening to provide Academy players with a financial education class in which they learned about the importance of budgeting and saving money.
“It was a great opportunity for our boys and we’re glad that GECU came out to educate them in a way that goes beyond the soccer field,” El Paso Locomotive FC Academy Director Ivan Militar said. “We aim to help the players develop as people off the pitch as much as we do on it. Projects like this, especially with one of our main sponsors, helps us achieve that.”
Players were put in a classroom simulation with different life scenarios assigned to them. They were then presented with a variety of different categories in which they had to budget a set amount of money based on their given life scenarios. Additionally, parents in attendance were pointed out as real-life references for players to understand just how much budgeting plays a role in everyday adult life.
As much as the Academy emphasizes skill development in soccer, presentations such as these are opportunities for the Academy to help players acquire and apply basic life skills, such as personal finance management, into their own lives