By Patti Dickinson,Chad Corntassel Smith
When eleven-year-old Tommy Thompson arrived at a government-run Indian boarding institution in 1915, it appeared a final lodge for the kid. in its place, it became out to be step one towards a existence devoted to assisting others. Thompson went directly to turn into a celeb 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 reputation at Northeastern nation university, Thompson lower back to Sequoyah Vocational university in 1947 as Boys’ trainer and consultant. greater than 1000 boys attended the boarding college throughout the 11 years he coached there. Writing for readers young and old, Patti Dickinson tells the inspiring tale of the way this one synthetic a distinction within the lives of a iteration of Indian youth.
Through soccer, Thompson taught his boys the talents and values they might have to achieve existence, and two times led his crew to the kingdom finals. Dickinson describes the luck of that application, together with one epic, rain-soaked championship online game. She paints compelling pics of Thompson’s boys—the males whose firsthand tales and recollections shape the root of the narrative—and re-creates everyday life on the school.
To his boys, Thompson used to be Ah-sky-uh, “the man,” a Cherokee time period of recognize. part a century after his demise, Sequoyah highschool nonetheless reveres his reminiscence. This ebook secures his position in heritage 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