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