March 11th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 11th, 2014
It's hard to believe that in an indigenous sport like Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Trophy (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) has never been awarded to a Native American. In the midst of a successful season, Lyle Thompson just might be the first to do so.
Zack Schonbrun from the New York Times bring us the story of the Thompson family, brother Lyle, Miles and their cousin Ty who are shaking up the world of Lacrosse and leading the way for more Native Americans to play the sport in college.
“The Thompsons, who grew up on a reservation in upstate New York, are more than exceptional athletes thriving in the sport of their ancestors, a sport that is still endowed with deeply spiritual significance to Native Americans. They are trailblazers who have upended the athletic world and reservation life, and their success has ignited a scramble for Native American recruits at lacrosse programs across the country.”
Check out the Thompson boys in action in this video by NCAA On Campus:
Read more on the story here on New York Times page.
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