Sask. Rush star Jeremy Thompson (and his brothers) offer inspiration to 800 Indigenous children
Saskatoon-based lacrosse star takes on his 3 brothers after giving back to fans
Fans of the Thompson brothers, a family of pro-level lacrosse players from Syracuse, N.Y., call their heroes by their first names.
"I came to see the Rush play and see Georgia, and see Lyle and Jeremy and all them play," said 13-year-old Michael Spoonhunter, a young lacrosse player from Saskatoon.
The Thompsons are legendary in the world of lacrosse, especially for young, Indigenous fans who see themselves in the stars.
"Jeremy's like a First Nations player, and he's real good," said Spoonhunter, before catching a glimpse of Thompson walking through the arena doors with his brothers.
Jeremy, Lyle, Miles, and Jerome spoke to Spoonhunter and approximately 800 other Indigenous young people, transported to the game by the busload from across Saskatchewan, before the brothers faced off on the turf.
The Saskatoon Tribal Council, together with Rush management, brought the children to the SaskTel Centre and orchestrated a ceremonial grand entry before the brothers addressed the crowd.
'It's a dream come true for us'
Dancers followed the honoured guests, and 800 children followed them, forming a circle around the Thompsons.
"Today is for every child that is in here—every young person. We're going to have an opportunity for these young people to make history for their family," said Chief Arcand to the crowd
Each brother took a turn at the microphone, telling the children and fans about their own personal struggles to stay true to themselves, work hard and succeed.
"We try to walk the talk, and have that lead on, and pass it on to the next kid coming up," said Jeremy Thompson.
He believes Indigenous people across North America face similar struggles. Drugs, alcohol, and obesity were mentioned in the talk.
"On the floor, off the floor, we always say it's a dream come true for us as a family at the highest level. Playing lacrosse and being able to share that story is something else."