April 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – UW student-athletes do not receive class credit for taking ‘Fiscally Fit’, a class provided by the Office of Student-Athlete Development, but they do gain knowledge that will benefit them for their entire post-college life.
Student-Athlete Development brought in Jon Goldstein and Sam Veit to help teach the hour-and-a-half long class Monday night in Heritage Hall. Both Goldstein and Veit teach classes in the School of Human Ecology and have backgrounds in financial management.
The class introduces fiscal tips ranging from creating a budget and developing good credit, to planning the expenses of starting a family. The overall aim is to get student-athletes to start thinking about their futures and to start taking steps now toward a successful financial future.
“I think you learn things that you aren’t really aware of,” said Madison Packer, a junior on the women’s hockey team. “You get more of a sense of reality. A lot of us get money from our parents or get scholarship checks, and it’s a whole new thing when you have to go out into the real world and start taking care of yourself. The things we learn here really helps open your eyes to that.”