My name is Eric Thompson II. I’m currently a Junior at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. I play lacrosse for my high school and also for the Resolute 2020 team.
I was introduced to the sport of lacrosse by a football teammate when I was in the 5th grade. While at my teammate’s house, I was invited out back to toss the lacrosse ball around. I instantly fell in love. When I returned home that evening, I asked my dad if I could also play lacrosse because it wouldn’t conflict with my football season. I’ve played lacrosse ever since.
I continued to play football and lacrosse until I entered middle school. Once in middle school, I decided to focus exclusively on lacrosse to increase my lacrosse skills and IQ. I’ve played on a select team every summer since 2013. I’ve also played fall and winter indoor lacrosse. Additionally, I’ve played winter box lacrosse for the past two years. At the beginning of this school year, I decided to join the cross country team.
Throughout my lacrosse career, I’ve played every position except goalie. My primary position is midfield, but I started as an attackman on my high school’s varsity team as a freshman. I also started as a middie on the JV team and faced-off during my freshman year. I play LSM on my current select team. I’ve also played some D-pole when needed by the team. My dad has always stressed the advantages of playing multiple positions. It increases my mental and physical agility, enables me to fill in gaps to help my team succeed, increases my lacrosse IQ, and helps me to be a leader and coach on the field.
I currently have a 3.0 GPA and am continuing to work on my academic improvement. I hope to major in business and sports management. My father owns his own business, and I love sports. I’m looking to combine my two passions. Off the field, I’m a fun person to be around. I like to laugh, listen to music and dance. I consider myself to be a great team player. I’m always looking to help out a team mate.
I love spending time with my family (mom, dad and older sister). I also believe in giving back. I’m a board member of a non-profit organization called Sole Bros. Four of my friends and I collect new or gently used tennis shoes to send to children who are less fortunate than we are. One of my proudest moments was when we received a photo from the children in Ghana wearing the shoes we sent them with smiles on their faces.