By Patti Dickinson,Chad Corntassel Smith
When eleven-year-old Tommy Thompson arrived at a government-run Indian boarding college in 1915, it appeared a final lodge for the child. as a substitute, it became out to be step one towards a existence devoted to aiding others. Thompson went directly to turn into a celebrity athlete and soccer coach—a Cherokee legend whose tale is remembered through many and is now eventually instructed for a much wider audience.
Following gridiron status at Northeastern kingdom university, Thompson lower back to Sequoyah Vocational university in 1947 as Boys’ trainer and consultant. greater than 1000 boys attended the boarding college through the 11 years he coached there. Writing for readers young and old, Patti Dickinson tells the inspiring tale of ways this one artificial a distinction within the lives of a new release of Indian youth.
Through soccer, Thompson taught his boys the talents and values they might have to reach lifestyles, and two times led his group to the kingdom finals. Dickinson describes the good fortune of that software, together with one epic, rain-soaked championship video game. She paints compelling photographs of Thompson’s boys—the males whose firsthand tales and memories shape the foundation of the narrative—and re-creates way of life on the school.
To his boys, Thompson used to be Ah-sky-uh, “the man,” a Cherokee time period of admire. part a century after his loss of life, Sequoyah highschool nonetheless reveres his reminiscence. This publication secures his position in background because it opens a brand new window at the boarding college experience.
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Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah by Patti Dickinson,Chad Corntassel Smith