Suprapubic Pain

Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, suprapubic pain

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Suprapubic pain 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, suprapubic pain" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Suprapubic pain "I looked at it as a means to an end. Suprapubic pain 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. Suprapubic pain Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, suprapubic pain along with the National Financial Educators Council, suprapubic pain sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, suprapubic pain which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, suprapubic pain 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, suprapubic pain" said Michelle Silveira, suprapubic pain senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Suprapubic pain "Even if they're saving as little as $10, suprapubic pain 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, suprapubic pain covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Suprapubic pain The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, suprapubic pain Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, suprapubic pain each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, suprapubic pain who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Suprapubic pain He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, suprapubic pain Mo., suprapubic pain the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Suprapubic pain He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, suprapubic pain 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, suprapubic pain youhave more respect for it, suprapubic pain" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, suprapubic pain each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, suprapubic pain athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, suprapubic pain 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, suprapubic pain that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, suprapubic pain" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Suprapubic pain After the presentation, suprapubic pain he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Suprapubic pain Though he encountered many Patriots fans, suprapubic pain Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, suprapubic pain he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, suprapubic pain because each of them, suprapubic pain in some way, suprapubic pain will have money in their future, suprapubic pain" said Lloyd. Suprapubic pain "But all it takes is one kid. Suprapubic pain I come from a family of educators, suprapubic pain 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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