Lyle Thompson: Lacrosse Player, Native American Activist

Lyle Thompson: Lacrosse Player, Native American Activist

Suiting Up with Paul Rabil - November 20, 2017

“The first thing I learned from my mom, and applied it to lacrosse…was passion. And I think passion is what leads to happiness.” Lyle Thompson is the all-time leading point scorer in NCAA Division 1 lacrosse history, a Tewaaraton trophy winner (our sport’s Heisman award), a pro lacrosse MVP, and NLL Champion. His legacy of success on the field will live on for generations to come. He grew up in the Onondaga Nation in New York, and was one of five children of Doloris and Jerome Thompson. Today, he and his brothers represent some of the best talent in the professional game, competing in both MLL and NLL, building large digital and social media audiences, and are bringing powerful, cultural awareness of their Native American roots to our sport. Lyle began playing lacrosse at a very early age, and on the show, we discuss how lacrosse carries spiritual and cultural experiences with the Onondaga and Native American communities. He recounts his early years playing in the backyard with his older brothers, accompanied by no net. The Thompson's couldn't afford one. All of Lyle's equipment was refurbished, yet he was the #1 High School recruit in the country...as a sophomore. On the show, Lyle shares with us his favorite workouts, how he fuels his performance, how he's changed his sleep pattern (since listening to our show, actually), and the impact of the traveling professional lacrosse circuit. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the show begins in the back third, where Lyle and I discuss his activism as a Native American professional athlete – specifically his time at the Standing Rock protests during the North Dakota Access Pipeline disputes, as well as his stance on professional sports mascots that are discriminatory the Native American communities. Suiting Up Podcast is a show where I delve into the stories of some of today’s leading athletes, entrepreneurs, and entertainers, interviewing them and unpacking the psychology of their success.

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An NCAA, professional, and international lacrosse champion, Paul Rabil splits his time between the gym and office, where he operates companies, oversees a lengthy investment portfolio, and cuts weekly video and audio content. Mashable said, "Talking to Rabil can feel more like a conversation with a business development executive than the average pro athlete." Suiting Up Podcast is an interview style show that explores the playbook of tools, skills, tips, and the psychology for success from some of the world's greatest athletes, entrepreneurs, and entertainers. Previous guests include Bill Belichick, Venus Williams, and Gary Vaynerchuk.

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