‘4 Downs for Finance’ essay contest features wide receiver Davone Bess

Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess and BankUnited, one of the largest banks headquartered in Florida, are teaming up to promote financial literacy among South Florida’s youth with the second annual “4 Downs for Finance,” which kicked off in September.

Through Monday, Dec. 3, students ages 13-18 in Florida can register online at <www.4downsforfinance.com> to access age-appropriate money tips and submit an essay telling why they think saving is important.

During each gameday radio broadcast throughout the regular football season, one winner will be announced live on the radio and will win a football autographed by Bess. At the conclusion of the season one lucky grand prize winner will be chosen from the weekly winners to receive a $1,000 cash prize and an opportunity to meet Bess

“BankUnited is happy to team up with Davone Bess again this year to help teach Florida’s youth about the importance of saving money,” said John Kanas, chair, president and CEO of BankUnited. “Positive messages about earning, spending and saving money, when instilled at a young age, can help form healthy financial habits later in life, setting our community’s young people on a path of financial success.”

As part of “4 Downs for Finance,” BankUnited and Bess share money tips with youth such as:

• Earn money by getting a part-time job or helping mom and dad around the house.

• Save part of what you earn, at least 10 percent.

• Save a portion of monetary gifts you receive for holidays and birthday gifts, at least 10 percent. • Open a savings account for the money you save and deposit it as soon as possible to avoid spending it.

• Set a savings goal. Be ambitious enough that you have to work for it but realistic enough that the goal is achievable.

For more money tips or to register for “4 Downs for Finance” visit www.4downsforfinance.com.

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