Thompson Brothers Lacrosse, 3d Lacrosse Launch Medicine Game Retreat In Support of 4TheFuture Foundation
DALLAS — Thompson Brothers Lacrosse and 3d Lacrosse are teaming up to present the Medicine Game Retreat, an immersive and educational experience that teaches the history and heritage of the Creator’s Game in support of the Thompson’s 4TheFuture Foundation.
“In the last year, my brothers and I have had a lot of time to step back and reflect on the game of lacrosse, how we learned it and how it’s being taught today,” said Lyle Thompson, the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer with 400 points in his illustrious career at the University at Albany.
Entering his seventh year as a pro, which will see him take the field in the Premiere Lacrosse League, Lyle has already been named the MVP of the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse and has led teams to titles in both leagues.
Considered among the most transformative and talented lacrosse players to ever clutch the stick, Lyle and his brothers—Jeremy, Jerome “Hiana” and Miles—had been looking for a different and more powerful way to connect with young players at a time when, Lyle says, understanding the roots of the game is even more important.
The Medicine Game Retreat Powered by 3d Lacrosse, which will premiere outside of Dallas on March 6, is an opportunity for the Thompsons, who operate Thompson Brothers Lacrosse and recently launched the 4TheFuture Foundation as a non-profit organization, to make that impactful connection.
“In order to truly honor lacrosse and to improve their lives through it, young people have to understand what the game means at a deeper, more spiritual level,” Lyle said.
“With the way the sport has evolved and so many kids playing for clubs and competing year round, I see it as a necessary part of their journey to open their eyes to why lacrosse was originally played and why and how it was passed down through generations for hundreds of years before developing into the game we all share today.”
Structured to immerse attendees in the game and inspire them to view it differently, the Medicine Game Retreat will be held for the first time at Frontier Park in Prosper, with social distancing and mask protocols in place in accordance with local and state guidelines. The event is open to all boys lacrosse players from high school seniors through 1st grade.
The weekend will help support and raise awareness for the 4TheFuture Foundation, which the Thompsons founded to support Indigenous youth through lacrosse clinics, equipment grants, mentorship, education and more.
Interacting with attendees, the four Thompsons will begin the event with welcome remarks, followed by in-depth presentations on the history of the game, the story of the Medicine Stick, the Iroquois’ connection to lacrosse, and their own unique paths within the sport.
The Thompson brothers will then lead skills instruction intended to enhance lacrosse decision making and to encourage players to better understand their own skill set, strengths and weaknesses.
Next, the four star athletes will conduct a demonstration of the Medicine Game in its traditional form, including the use of hand-made wood sticks, giving attendees a glimpse of the game as it was played for centuries.
Medicine Game Retreat attendees will receive a Thompson Brothers Lacrosse shirt and will have the chance to win giveaways and prizes throughout the day. The event will close out with an autograph session.
Emphasizing inclusion, Lyle said he hopes to introduce new people to the game and make lacrosse much more inviting to and accepting of people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all races and nationalities.
“We want to share this game and help young people discover the ability to improve their lives and create opportunities through the Creator’s Game,” said Lyle, who hails from Onondaga Nation, the territory of the Onondaga people, one of the original five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.
Lyle and Miles, competing together on the same attack line at the University at Albany, co-won the Tewaaraton Award in 2014, breaking ground as the first Indigenous players to receive the coveted trophy given each year to the most outstanding college player. Lyle went on to win the award again the next year after shattering the Division I points record in his senior season.
The eldest brothers, Jeremy and Hiana, helped Onondaga Community College win two NJCAA titles before Jeremy went on to Syracuse University and Hiana jumped into pro lacrosse.
Jeremy, Lyle and Miles have each won the NLL championship—Jeremy the winner of three titles, and Lyle and Miles winning the cup together in 2017 with the Georgia Swarm.
One of the greatest family stories in all of sports, the four brothers have together represented the Iroquois Nationals at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in 2014 and 2018, as well as the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in 2016 and 2020. They’ve earned a head-turning list of accolades, including helping the Nationals medal at the field lacrosse world championships for the first time in 2014.
“We are grateful for all the success we’ve had in lacrosse and we want to help the sport welcome and celebrate diversity,” said Jeremy, currently a member of the Premiere Lacrosse League’s Atlas LC.
“The earlier we can help open up young minds to this, the better the sport will be and the better we’ll all be because of It. We are excited to get down to Texas and work with the 3d Lacrosse coaches there to make a positive impact on as many players as possible.”
3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading provider of lacrosse training and development services and a premiere lacrosse event operator, will be providing coaching and operational support through the company’s 3d Dallas and 3d Houston divisions.
The first Medicine Game Retreat will specifically give athletes from across Texas—a new hotbed of the sport—the chance to learn from arguably the most important players in lacrosse today.
3d Lacrosse’s leadership said the company is fully committed to supporting the Thompson’s cause, including the 4TheFuture Foundation. 3d will be donating a portion of the Medicine Game Retreat registration fees to the foundation.
“We are thrilled and grateful to work with Thompson Brothers Lacrosse to offer something wholly unique and valuable to young lacrosse players,” said Sean Fox, 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Operating Officer.
Fox pointed out that the Thompsons bring a completely different element to the field as teachers and coaches.
“Jeremy, Hiana, Miles and Lyle are an amazing group of brothers who are not just each generational players in their own right but outstanding ambassadors of the game who have and will continue to inspire lacrosse players for decades to come,” Fox said.
“Their approach to teaching and paying respect to the game’s history, and of course their love for lacrosse and its place in their community, puts them in a special position to positively impact young players. Moving forward, we are hopeful to plug the Thompsons into our growing network of 3d Lacrosse athletes and coaches nationwide so they can reach more people with their message and grow the 4TheFuture Foundation.”
To register for the first Medicine Game Retreat Powered by 3d Lacrosse, visit https://3dlacrosse.com/training/thompson-brothers-medicine-game-retreat.
For more information on Thompson Brothers Lacrosse and its offerings, visit ThompsonBrothersLacrosse.com.
To learn more about the 4TheFuture Foundation and its cause, visit 4thefuturefoundation.org.
For more information on 3d Lacrosse and its lineup of Select teams, national and regional events, showcases and camps, visit 3dlacrosse.com.
About Thompson Brothers Lacrosse
Over the course of their record-breaking careers, the Thompson Brothers have revolutionized the modern game of lacrosse by incorporating their cultural connection to the game and playing the fierce style created by their ancestors. The collective success of this lacrosse family is due in large part to a strong work ethic, discipline and commitment to excellence. These pillars of success have also translated into their educational accomplishments at the University level and will serve as building blocks of the student-athlete concept that the Thompsons seek to teach through their non-profit work. For more information, visit ThompsonBrothersLacrosse.com.
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About 4TheFuture Foundation
The Thompson Brothers 4TheFuture Foundation was created to inspire youth by encouraging the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle while promoting the attributes of the student-athlete. Its focus will be on creating programs for indigenous and underserved communities where lacrosse meets culture in an effort to create community-based opportunities that provide a pathway for the next generation to achieve their dreams. For more information, visit 4thefuturefoundation.org.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Portland, Rochester, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
3d Lacrosse on Twitter: Twitter.com/3dlacrosse