In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, the Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) will host the TCUL Olympics April 23. This “Financial Fitness Day” is being sponsored by the CUNA Mutual Group, and will be held in the TCUL parking lot, from noon until 2 p.m.
The TCUL Olympics event will feature:
Javelin – throw sharpened pencils as far as you can
Desk chair racing – only legs can be used and entrants will be holding two cups of water. There will be a winner for the fastest completion time, and a winner for who has the most water left in the cup upon completion of the race.
Target shooting – throw sharpies at a target, and players must leave a mark.
There is a $1 entry fee for each event.
Additionally, there will be a tug of war event, and TCUL departments will have an opportunity to compete with one another. There is a $5 entry fee for this competition. The finale event is a chair rowing competition. Members of senior management will only be able to use broomsticks to maneuver through a course in the parking lot.
This fundraising day is part of a campaign entitled “Credit Unions Support Financial Education: Leading the Way to Financial Freedom.”
In order to join in this initiative, credit unions can carry out either (or both) of the following activities to fundraise among staff and members:
hold a “Financially Fit Day”
fundraise throughout the month of April
Fundraising could be as simple as a jeans or casual day for staff, but additional ideas are included in a toolkit at financialeducation.coop, the campaign website. Also included on the website are other campaign resources such as optional pledge forms, sample newsletter articles, sign-up sheets, stickers, flyer, statement stuffer, wall pin-up templates, a YouTube video, web buttons, and more.
Donations made as part of the initiative will be split 50/50 between the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF). The donations can be made at financialeducation.coop.
Credit unions are also encouraged to leverage this campaign as part of a broader appeal to staff and members around financial education. This could include things such as raising awareness of educational offerings by the credit union, the optional campaign pledges, financial education tips, and more.
Last year, NCUF and TCUF developed this initiative to raise awareness of financial education and also raise funds for NCUF and state credit union foundations. It was successfully piloted in partnership with a few state credit union foundations and the State Credit Union Foundation Network encouraged broadening the campaign for 2013, inviting all credit unions and leagues to participate.