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