Jeremy Thompson

First Nation Metis Youth leadership workshop

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Jeremy Thompson is a professional Lacrosse player who plays for the Saskatchewan Rush (NLL), Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL), and the Iroquois National Team. Jeremy grew up in Onondaga Nation, and attended Lafayette High School and helped lead them to two state championships. Jeremy was selected to be an Under Armour All-American and US Lacrosse All-American in High School. In the 2003 U-19 World Lacrosse Championships Jeremy was named to the All-World Team. After High School Jeremy continued his stretch of success at Onondaga Community College. In his time at OCC, the Lazers went 31-0 and had two undefeated national championship seasons. Jeremy continued his education at Syracuse University.

In Jeremy’s junior season at SU he was selected to the USILA Second Team All-American and all the Big East team. In his senior season he was Third Team All-American as well as All Big East for the second straight year. Jeremy was SU’s top scoring midfielder his senior season with 30 points. After graduating from Syracuse, Jeremy went on to play professional Lacrosse. Jeremy was drafted 9th overall in the 2012 NLL entry draft by the Buffalo Bandits(NLL), and 6th overall in the 2011 Collegiate Draft by Hamilton (MLL). In 2014, Jeremy was named All World again in the World Lacrosse Championship. Jeremy helped lead the Edmonton Rush to an NLL title in 2015, and in 2016 he helped the Saskatchewan Rush win a championship their first year after moving from Edmonton.

Jeremy Thompson is the oldest of the four Thompson Brothers. Of the four brothers, Jeremy was selected to have the deer be his spirit animal. The deer is a sacred animal; the horns of a buck are worn in the Chiefs headdress. Jeremy was able to prove his leadership by being the first member of his family to earn a college degree. His home will forever be in Onondaga Nation. Growing up on the reservation taught Jeremy how to appreciate everything that he has. Jeremy lives two lives, one inside of the reservation where he doesn’t have to worry about anything, and one outside of the reservation where he feels he is in constant movement. Unfortunately, alcoholism is a major issue in the Native American community, and when Jeremy was an early teen he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

Jeremy was able to overcome his addiction and is now 6 years sober. In addition, Jeremy is fluent in two different languages (English and Mohawk), he also speaks Onondaga, and is currently learning Cayuga. Jeremy attended an elementary school on the reservation, and the school was taught in Mohawk. This made his transition to high school difficult. At Lafayette High School Jeremy took all the usual courses, but he had to have 1 on 1 meetings in the afternoon with his teachers to get over the language barrier.

Although school was a grind he was able to graduate and start thinking about college. Jeremy says that graduating from high school was his biggest accomplishment. This is because high school is where his parents left off, his mother never graduated and his father went to work immediately after graduating. The oldest Thompson brother currently wears the number 74 for the Rush. Jeremy started wearing the number 4 because that was his fathers number, and he added the number 7 in front of 4 because his grandfather told him that you need 7 layers of thick skin in order to get through life. Jeremy had a truly special relationship with his grandfather. After his grandfather passed away, Jeremy wanted to continue his legacy and part of the way he is doing that is by wearing number 74. One thing Jeremy wants all of his fans to know is that he is no better than they are, and they should never be afraid to approach him and say hi.

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