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