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