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