If you know anything about lacrosse, you have to love the story of the Thompson brothers, Miles and Lyle.
Members of the Onondaga tribe in upstate New York, playing the game invented by Native Americans, they were co-winners of the Tewaaraton Trophy--the Heisman of lacrosse. They each broke the Division I college record for most points scored in a season. Read The New York Times article on their accomplishment.
There are actually four Thompson brothers who are top level lacrosse players: Miles, Lyle, Jeremy, and Jerome. All four of them were at Cine Rent West for a three day photo shoot for Nike Lacrosse.
Since winning the Tewaaraton while playing Division I college lacrosse at SUNY Albany (their cousin Ty was a teammate as well), Miles and Lyle are now playing on the same pro team, the Florida Launch. Their brothers Jeremy and Jerome also play at the professional level.
Lacrosse was invented by the Mohawk tribe (who also invented that killer haircut). The Thompson Brothers' Onondaga tribe is part of a six nation federation with the Mohawks. And lacrosse is a sport every kid in their tribe grows up playing.
This summer the Thompson Brothers are playing on the pro circuit and conducting a nationwide series of youth lacrosse camps.
Jake Crever, an avid lacrosse player and son of our owner Chris, was in Colorado Springs with his team for the Adrenaline Shootout Tournament. On their way back to Portland, they got a chance to see a Major League Lacrosse game in Denver between the Florida Launch and the Denver Outlaws. After the game both Thompson brothers came over to Jake and his teammates for a quick high five.
The next day Jake met them again at the studio. Small world.
As often happens, the content of this photo shoot is top secret until the ads come out. But we can give you a few hints: Thompson, brothers, Nike, lacrosse, and sticks.
Let your imagination fill in the rest.
We can show you this hilarious and epic Nike video the Thompsons were featured in. They literally drop into frame at about :40.