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Eric’s Vision

Eric’s Vision is a nonprofit organization that aims to raise support for individuals battling ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), fund ALS cure-driven research, and inspire further research by providing college scholarships to deserving high school students.

THE STORY

As a young man, Eric Scoggins earned a football scholarship to USC, where he established the foundation necessary to achieve all of his goals: playing professional football and excelling in the corporate world. Eric did it all.

In 2007 Eric was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), but his spirit was not broken, he dreamed of finding a cure. Through his partnership with Augie’s Quest and the help of his college roommate, Ronnie Lott, Eric attacked the issue with the same passion that fueled his successful professional career and personal life.

Frustrated by our nation’s lack of awareness of this debilitating disease, Eric’s close friends were moved to host a fundraising dinner in January, 2008. Over $150,000 was raised that evening and Eric’s Vision was born. Eric was fortunately able to witness the birth of this organization before his passing on January 10th, 2009.

Dedicated to his legacy, Eric’s Vision is a nonprofit organization that aims to raise support for individuals battling ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), fund ALS cure-driven research, is committed to identifying and funding organizations working to cure ALS, supports patients and their families who are dealing with the disease, and inspires further research by providing college scholarships to deserving high school students.

Winning Play$

Winning Play$ is a behavior-based financial literacy program that helps students develop healthy attitudes and behaviors around money. Students who go through the Winning Play$ curriculum learn how factors such as gender, ethnicity, role-modeling, and media messages play out in their financial beliefs and choices, and how to move beyond the conditioning that doesn’t serve them. In addition, students master basic financial concepts and how to identify the best strategies for paying for college.

THE STORY

Frustrated by the fact that some people struggle to create healthy financial lives, financial journalist Stacey Tisdale embarked on a six-year study to find out what’s really at work in our financial behavior. She found that social messages from advertisers and the media, stereotypes about race and gender, as well as early role modeling are among the primary drivers in our financial behavior.

In the Winning Play$ curriculum, Stacey Tisdale teaches us how to use money to support the greatest vision we have of ourselves. The program incorporates Dr. James Prochaska’s award-winning Transtheoretical Model for Behavior Change. Dr. Prochaska was named one of the five most influential authors in Psychology by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society.

The program takes a cognitive behavioral approach to financial literacy through a series of lessons, which meet Jumpstart Coalition and Common Core Math Standards.

Winning Play$ aims to teach K-12 and college students in underserved areas basic lessons to help instill informed decision making when it comes to finances.