Orlando to host 20th anniversary National LifeSmarts Championship, April 26-29 – National Consumers League

April 24, 2014

Contact: Carol McKay, (724) 799-5392carolm@nclnet.org

Washington, DC — In celebration of April’s Financial Literacy Month, the National Consumers League (NCL) has announced the nearly three dozen state champion teams that have earned a spot at the 2014 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will take place starting later this week in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, April 26 – 29. LifeSmarts (www.lifesmarts.org) is NCL’s program, celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, that educates teens and tweens on real-world financial and consumer literacy issues. The National Consumers League will crown the 2014 national champion team on Tuesday, April 29 at 12 noon EDT.

Complete state champ list here

LifeSmarts is a competitive educational program, in which teams of students begin online. Top-scorers progress to state competitions, and state champion teams meet each April to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship. This year’s lineup of state champion teams come from as far as Honolulu, Hawaii and as near as the Florida team from Jacksonville, which returns to defend its title as last year’s national champs. For a complete list of state champions, visit www.lifesmarts.org.

“We are so proud of this year’s state LifeSmarts champions, who have proven themselves to be the best and the brightest of the next generation of consumers,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL Executive Director. “LifeSmarts is fun and fast, and the perfect vehicle for educating young consumers. Our program goes in-depth on the issues kids—and adults—are facing now: making smart choices with financial resources, health care, environmental concerns, and how technology affects our lives.”

The 2014 National LifeSmarts Champion and other winning teams will walk away with prizes and scholarships. In addition to placing as a team, individual students have the opportunity to compete for scholarships for demonstrating knowledge in specific program topic areas. The top eight placing teams and top five individuals are recognized. NCL thanks the sponsors who make the program possible, including Visa, UL, Western Union, Experian, Google, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Comcast, and Microsoft.

Consumer-savvy teens representing 34 states will compete at this year’s national event. Throughout the 2013-2014 program year, more than 15,000 teens competed online for a chance to represent their states at the 2014 National LifeSmarts Championship. Players answered more than 3 million consumer questions in the online competition.


When:  April 26 – April 29, 2014
Where:  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, 1000 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Final and semi-final matches begin:  Tuesday, April 29, 9 a.m. EDT
Awards Ceremony: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Follow the competition online

Parents and teachers can follow the action at Facebook.com/LifeSmarts and via Twitter: #LifeSmarts

The semi-final and final competition matches will be streamed live at www.lifesmarts.org:

Tuesday, April 29, 2013
Semi-finals – 9 am EDT
Finals – 10:45 am EDT


About the National Consumers League and LifeSmarts

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators run the programs on a volunteer basis. For more information, visit: www.lifesmarts.org, email  lifesmarts@nclnet.org, or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323.