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Pursuit Financial Excellence Weekend a Slam Dunk - Assisted by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

Pursuit Sports Group looks to Inspire Athletes to Serve as Ambassadors of Financial Education by Teaching Youth the Importance of Saving Money

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / March 3, 2015 / Pursuit Sports Group held the Pursuit Financial Excellence Weekend Event February 13th -- February 15th in New York City, with a diverse group of organizations and dignitaries, such as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. The event was held at three unique locations and its goal was to inform individuals about financial readiness for professional athletes and youth.

Pursuit, along with Regal Financial, a credit management firm, demonstrated Pursuit's "Pay Yourself First" comprehensive financial education program to show the positive impact of connecting sports and financial education. The main event, titled "Pay Yourself First," was held at Toshi's Living Room and it included multiple presenters, including speakers from the title sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP.

"On behalf of EY, I was honored to present at the ‘Pay Yourself First’ event that brought together an inspiring and dedicated group of individuals whose focus is on raising awareness and connecting sports with financial education. The event offered a healthy mix of entertainment, education, and networking opportunities, which I believe led to its success," said Michael Warsaw, Northeast Private Client Services Market Leader – Tax, EY.

The main event began with several high-energy melodies from two-time Emmy Award winning violinist, Damien Escobar. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, followed with an inspirational presentation around financial education for athletes and shared his experiences of being involved with financial education for youth. Romone Penny, Founder of Pursuit Sports Group, highlighted how athletes can change the way they handle their personal finances through education and serving as ambassadors of financial education to youth.

Moreover, 24 middle school students of St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy (Queens, NY) presented in a financial education game competition. All students received certificates and the winning team was awarded gifts from EY, New York Cosmos, and will go on to present at Harvard University this Spring in order to obtain the necessary resources to build their financial education game.

Furthermore, Anthony Davenport, President of Regal Financial, led an interesting conversation around credit management and protection. Among the attendees of the event were athletes, leading experts in the business and financial worlds, and not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, Pablo Torre, sportswriter and columnist for ESPN that significantly contributed to 30 for 30 Broke – a ESPN documentary on the financial health of athletes, also attended the program.

Day two was a financial workshop held at the Brian Morris Art Gallery. Kenneth Ward, Executive Director of College Bound Inc., provided testimony on Pursuit’s "Pay Yourself First" program and afterwards notable athletes, such as former NFL player Damian Gregory, professional soccer player Yael Averbuch and former professional basketball player turned lawyer Sekou Lewis taught students about the importance of building a "save now" attitude and lifestyle. During the event, all students got symbolic Pursuit piggy-bank souvenirs.

Day three was a networking brunch held at the animated Buddy Warren Art Gallery. At the brunch, Santo Rosabianca, a representative of WIRE International Realty, spoke about how financial education helps individuals make prudent financial decisions. The Pursuit Financial Excellence weekend was a great opportunity for professionals in various industries to network and learn more about much needed financial education initiatives for athletes and youth.

For additional event details please visit: pursuitfinancialexcellence.splashthat.com For press enquiries, please contact Anthony L. Williams at 703.402.6060.

Website: www.pursuitsportsgroup.com, anthony@pursuitsportsgroup.com Twitter: @AlwaysnPursuit

About Pursuit Financial Excellence Weekend

Pursuit Financial Excellence Weekend is an event that is focused on teaching athletes and students the importance of saving money. For more information, please visit http://pursuitfinancialexcellence.splashthat.com/.


Mark Liu

SOURCE: Pursuit Sports Group