Massachusetts State Treasurer (and gubernatorial candidate) Tim Cahill, and the Doorways to Dreams Fund, have teamed up for the Celebrity Calamity video game tournament. The Celebrity Calamity tournament is a statewide financial entertainment game competition for residents of the Bay State.
Celebrity Calamity is a casual game that teaches financial literacy. Players become the business manager for three celebrities (an actor, an athlete, and a musician) who spend beyond their means. Players must effectively use a bank account, debit card, and credit card to be successful as well.
During the tournament, players earn points that qualify them for a chance to win gift cards being given away weekly. The highest scoring player during the tournament period (September 1 - 30) receives an Apple iPad and recognition on October 9 at the Boston Money Conference.
The Financial Education Department, a program of the State Treasurer's office, funds the tournament. Treasurer Cahill oversees the Treasury's Financial Education Department, which sponsors a variety of activities related to financial literacy in the state.