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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy proscar online 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 proscar online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy proscar online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy proscar online 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 proscar online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy proscar online along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy proscar online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy proscar online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy proscar online 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 proscar online" said Michelle Silveira, buy proscar online senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy proscar online "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy proscar online 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 proscar online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy proscar online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy proscar online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy proscar online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy proscar online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy proscar online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy proscar online Mo., buy proscar online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy proscar online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy proscar online 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 proscar online youhave more respect for it, buy proscar online" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy proscar online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy proscar online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy proscar online 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 proscar online that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy proscar online" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy proscar online After the presentation, buy proscar online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy proscar online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy proscar online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy proscar online he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy proscar online because each of them, buy proscar online in some way, buy proscar online will have money in their future, buy proscar online" said Lloyd. Buy proscar online "But all it takes is one kid. Buy proscar online I come from a family of educators, buy proscar online 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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