Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy nymphomax firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy nymphomax And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.
"I never saw sports as my future, buy nymphomax" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy nymphomax "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy nymphomax I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."
It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Buy nymphomax Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy nymphomax along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy nymphomax sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy nymphomax which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy nymphomax workshops and first-loan programs.
"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, buy nymphomax" said Michelle Silveira, buy nymphomax senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy nymphomax "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy nymphomax that's still making a difference."
Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy nymphomax covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy nymphomax The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy nymphomax Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy nymphomax each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy nymphomax who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy nymphomax He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy nymphomax Mo., buy nymphomax the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy nymphomax He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy nymphomax which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.
"Once you view money as something that requires labor, buy nymphomax youhave more respect for it, buy nymphomax" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy nymphomax each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy nymphomax athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy nymphomax Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.
"When you have that discipline and focus, buy nymphomax that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy nymphomax" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy nymphomax After the presentation, buy nymphomax he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy nymphomax Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy nymphomax Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy nymphomax he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy nymphomax because each of them, buy nymphomax in some way, buy nymphomax will have money in their future, buy nymphomax" said Lloyd. Buy nymphomax "But all it takes is one kid. Buy nymphomax I come from a family of educators, buy nymphomax and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."
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