NFL veteran speaks to student athletes

-- Minarets High correspondentFebruary 21, 2013 

Former Fresno State football stand out and 16 year NFL veteran Lorenzo Neal made an appearance at Minarets High School Feb. 13, stressing to school athletes the impotence of an adequate high school education. He noted that all student-athletes wishing to compete after graduation must apply online with the NCAA before they can even be considered to to play any collegiate sport.

He also made it clear that students need to prepare now, for the opportunity later to attend college. He stated that parents should not expect the coach or the high school counselor to go out and search for financial aid or athletic scholarships. He stated that through his nonprofit organization, World Wide Athlete, he could help students players find extra money to help bridge the gap between parents thin assets and high expensive cost of a four year college tuition.

There is an alternative not ending up with overwhelming student loan debt after college graduation. He wasted no time pointing out the 60 % of all Golf Scholarships were never even applied for therefore went unused annually.

His comical but serious example of 12 year Former Fresno State football stand out and 16 year NFL veteran Lorenzo Neal made an appearance at Minarets High School Feb. 13, stressing to school athletes the impotence of an adequate high school education. He noted that all student-athletes wishing to compete after graduation must apply online with the NCAA before they can even be considered to to play any collegiate sport.

He also made it clear that students need to prepare now, for the opportunity later to attend college. He stated that parents should not expect the coach or the high school counselor to go out and search for financial aid or athletic scholarships. He stated that through his nonprofit organization, World Wide Athlete, he could help students players find extra money to help bridge the gap between parents thin assets and high expensive cost of a four year college tuition.

There is an alternative not ending up with overwhelming student loan debt after college graduation. He wasted no time pointing out the 60 % of all Golf Scholarships were never even applied for therefore went unused annually.

His comical but serious example of 12 year old student writing an essay on Alligators and receiving a $25,000 dollar scholarship. Everyone laughed but it was a true story.

Attorney Brad Boulden offered his services to families who might be overwhelmed by the entire college preparatory experience.

Athletic Director Don Watkins expressed his own personal experiences of attempting to do what he thought was best for his own college bound daughter. He stated that there were many things he might have done differently had he known earlier, to help his daughter, who was an exceptional volleyball player at Fresno's Hoover High School.

During a question and answer period, parents expressed some fears, concerns and dreams for their children's college futures. Students and parents were told that if they took time to search the Internet and libraries, extra monies for college can be found.

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