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