A Florida-based teen financial literacy program led to a set of free suits for one of the state’s famed high school football programs as part of a partnership that aims to improve the lives of talented young athletes off the field, no matter how successful they may become on it.
As reported by the Palm Beach Post, the Dwyer football team had its seniors take part in the Suits for Seniors program, which utilizes a certified financial advisor to teach teens about financial literacy issues and then rewards each with a personally tailored suit for completing an instructional course.
The goal is to ensure that teens who might not have access to such critical information are well trained and prepared for the world of credit cards and finance rates, whether they eventually earn the kind of money found in pro contracts or have to make ends meet in other ways. The program was founded by a 25-year-old legislative aid to state Sen.-elect Bobby Powell Jr., and serves to provide teens with both knowledge and a critical piece of their wardrobe to drive future success, particularly in potential college interviews and graduation festivities.
“It was a good experience. It makes me feel different as a man growing up in the world,” Dwyer player Earnest Philmore told the Post.
Dwyer’s football-based class was 33 strong, with the team’s football coach, a college counselor and even a police sgt. all on hand to provide positive reinforcement.
In the end, the new outfits alone provided plenty of that, with the teens offering a host of positive associations for just how good the suits made them feel.