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Grizzlies, Hollywood actor team up to teach kids financial responsibility

(WMC-TV) - Two Memphis Grizzlies are teaming up with a Hollywood actor to help Memphis students learn how to manage their money.

Grizz players Mike Conley and Quincy Pondexter were at a financial literacy forum to let students know that they know as much about managing money as they do about playing basketball.

"I think its very vital to a pro athlete to understanding how to use your money cause you get a huge amount," said Conley.

Hill Harper, best known for his role in the crime drama "CSI: New York" was also there to spread the message.

"You can use one dollar to make your life better, a dollar that's actually working for you or you can use that dollar to waste it," explained Harper.

For about one hour, Conley, Pondexter, and Harper talked to the students about everything from saving money to spending it wisely to planning for the future.

The message for the children was to get your financial life in order and then keep it in order so that you have something to pass on to your children.

Students appear to have gotten the message.

"I mean, I don't want to go out there and put my money somewhere I don't think its going to be valuable and be a waste," said Tujan Spencer, who attended the event.

Harper says the event was inspired by his good friend Dana Davis, the Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations who died last year.

"May he rest in peace and its my honor to be here. I'm hoping that we can create something that can last in Memphis," said Harper.

Harper hopes this is a lesson these students will not forget.

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