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