Teenagers growing up in American inner cities face many difficult challenges. Some are fortunate enough to have supportive parents to look up to—but how about everyone else? Are they supposed to look toward out-of-control professional athletes and self-absorbed Hollywood “stars” to be role models? Is there anybody out there who can have a positive impact on at-risk New York City teens?
There certainly is—fellow teenager, Thomas Lloyd.
More than 100 teens associated with a Bronx 21st Century Community Learning Center, will get the chance to meet “T-Lloyd” on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 4:30 p.m., at Fordham University. The event is sponsored by the Fordham University RETC Center for Professional Development and Scobre Press, and is headed up by program director, Theresa R. Lupo. Please e-mail Ms. Lupo for event details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas “T-Lloyd” Lloyd, a sophomore nose tackle on the FU football squad, will be speaking to teens about effort, motivation, and setting goals and achieving them. This message is an important one, and when delivered by a peer role model—this message becomes significantly more powerful.
T-Lloyd’s story is inspirational. Born and raised in New Orleans, he and his family found themselves in the eye of a hurricane—Hurricane Katrina. Forced to relocate after the devastation, they ended up in Hurst, Texas. Showing grit and determination, T-Lloyd adjusted to his new life and developed into one of the best nose tackles in the state of Texas, while maintaining a high GPA.
T-Lloyd: In the Trenches (Scobre Press, 2009) is an entertaining and exciting book that will motivate young people to deal with the hardships that life throws at them. In chronicling T-Lloyd’s life and football career, it addresses topics like staying in school, college, steroids and peer pressure, while emphasizing the rewards of working hard and achieving goals. A visit with T-Lloyd himself—and hearing words of encouragement from this intelligent, soft-spoken 285-pound giant—will make a huge impact on kids who are faced with difficult choices every day.