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Howard University Promotes Financial Literacy Among Students with National Educational Program Playbook for Life
The Hartford to present Playbook program on Tuesday October 3 at 4 p.m.

Howard University Promotes Financial Literacy Among Students with National Educational Program Playbook for Life
The Hartford to present Playbook program on Tuesday October 3 at 4 p.m.


Washington, D.C., September 29, 2006 – As part of its ongoing vision for promoting education in and out of the classroom, Howard University will host Playbook for Life – the award-winning personal finance education program created by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG), working closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on October 3 at 4 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Reading Lounge.

At the Howard Playbook presentation, which takes place during the University’s Career Week, Team Hartford Captain Allen Pinkett, a former Notre Dame and NFL running back, will give students practical tips for getting their financial house in order – before setting out for the ‘real world.’  He will be joined by Bill Poutre, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Hartford.  In addition to his own lively stories of college finances, Poutre provides informational content in an engaging and understandable style.

“This important program will enable our students to better manage their personal finances by avoiding some common pitfalls and embarking on their adult lives on solid financial footing.  Howard is very pleased to be associated with the Playbook initiative,” said H. Patrick Swygert, president of Howard University and member of The Hartford’s board of directors. 

“As students begin thinking about their future and exploring various career opportunities, it’s the perfect time for them to start learning how to manage their finances,” said Kim R. Wells, director of Howard University’s Career Services Office.  “The Hartford’s Playbook for Life is a great way of empowering students and equipping them with an essential life skill.”  

Students throughout the country are invited to take advantage of the free resources found in the Playbook for Life guidebook and Web site,  An enhanced and expanded guidebook features practical, easy-to-use information on the fundamentals of personal finance needed to start planning for the future. It reflects feedback from students, coaches and advisors on the kinds of information most relevant to students at all stages of their college career.

“The reason I’m bringing these messages to students at Howard University and across the country is to give them something I never had during my college career – a playbook for life,” said Pinkett.  “I had plenty of direction when it came to sports and school work, but no real guidance on the one subject I would need to be smart about for the rest of my life – personal finance.”

Pinkett and fellow members of Team Hartford – a group of former student and professional athletes who have found success both in and out of sports – have brought the Playbook for Life’s financial planning message to students at 11 colleges and universities during its first 18 months, with Howard University as the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  Based on the initial success of the program, additional campus events are being planned for this fall and spring 2007.

The Playbook for Life was created by The Hartford, as part of the company’s philanthropic focus on education and its corporate partnership with the NCAA, to help student-athletes gain a solid understanding of personal finance.  Since its launch in March 2005, the program has been widely praised by students, coaches, teachers and parents as a valuable resource for all students and young adults.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

The Hartford, a Fortune 100 company, is one of the nation's largest financial services and insurance companies, with 2005 revenues of $27.1 billion. The Hartford is a leading provider of investment products, life insurance and group benefits; automobile and homeowners products; and business property and casualty insurance. International operations are located in Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom. The Hartford's Internet address is


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