ABOVE PHOTO: Jason Thompson
By Kharisma McIlwaine
New Jersey native Jason Thompson has at all times been devoted to discovering new methods to provide again to the neighborhood. Well being and wellness are on the heart of his most up-to-date efforts to provide again.
On April 14, Thompson celebrated the unofficial launch and ribbon reducing for his latest enterprise, Hydrate IV Remedy and Wellness in Sewell, New Jersey. Thompson takes on the function of co-CEO alongside LaNette Keeton, a specialist in IV remedy and fusions. Thompson spoke with the SUN concerning the journey that led to opening Hydrate IV Remedy and Wellness and the way he hopes that entry to hydration will probably be helpful to the residents of New Jersey.
Born and raised in South Jersey, Thompson at all times had a knack for sports activities — enjoying soccer, soccer, observe and basketball. His love for basketball, nonetheless, gained his coronary heart.
“Proper round center faculty, I needed to only give attention to basketball. It was do your homework after which simply go to the closest fitness center to go play,” Thompson mentioned. “It was enjoying pick-up with pals and older guys after which realizing the best way to work in your recreation. I didn’t actually need to dress up for college, so it was the snap-away pants and the swishies… I used to be simply the final word jock. I’d get up to observe Comcast sports activities to see what was happening with the Eagles, Sixers and the opposite groups.”
Thompson skilled lots of success in basketball. He signed a letter of intent for Rider College earlier than getting drafted within the 2008 NBA draft.
“I imply particularly simply being from this space, not too many guys have these conditions occur for them,” he mentioned. “I used to be in an period of the Dajuan Wagners of the world — Camden Excessive College’s primary participant within the nation. I used to be a man that was 6’8 that was recruited by among the decrease main faculties, then mid main faculties. I got here in at 6’8, 190 after which graduated at 6’11 250. I grew to become the final word prospect and was capable of change my methods and provides myself a shot. On June 26, 2008, I didn’t go to the draft. I used to be at residence with Comcast, NBA TV and ESPN and that might be the present and the curse. It was a extremely lengthy day after which we discover out identical to the world does. So, then David Stern comes on there and goes with the twelfth choose the Sacramento Kings choose Jason, and I simply didn’t know the best way to react. I hugged my brother, my household was screaming after which I’m going outdoors and the entire neighborhood goes loopy too. So, it’s only a dream come true and lots of love from all of the people who gave me love via the years.”
Thompson went on to play for the Sacramento Kings for eight years and abroad in Europe for 5 years, for a complete of 13 years in skilled basketball. Then, in a full circle second, Thompson returned to Rider College on the opposite facet of the courtroom as a part of the teaching employees for the boys’s basketball staff.
“It’s a blessing! All the things occurs in full circle,” he mentioned. “I feel that in the event you requested me what I’d be doing after my enjoying profession, throughout my fourth 12 months within the league I don’t suppose teaching could be a part of it, however time adjustments issues. I’ve a observe facility and lockers named after me on the faculty, so I simply thought it was an excellent match. My coaching for subsequent upcoming season could be there, too, and I knew all of the gamers and all of the coaches. It was a straightforward transition for me to be very accustomed to the whole lot that goes on over there and assist the fellows out on and off the courtroom as a lot as I can.”
“I feel teaching was my calling,” Thompson mentioned. “I really feel like I may nonetheless play, however, you realize, the eagerness simply felt prefer it actually wasn’t there as a lot because it was all through my profession and in my prime. I simply thought that it was time to alter and transfer on to the subsequent chapter. I needed to have the ability to give the data that I do know to assist these guys be capable of obtain their objectives in faculty after which change into professionals. I’ve been capable of play at each stage — in faculty and within the NBA within the greatest of video games. I additionally performed within the highest leagues within the EuroLeague in Europe. I’ve carried out all of it and performed on one of the best staff within the NBA and in Europe so, I really feel like if anybody has a data of that it might be myself.”
Now Thompson is utilizing the data he acquired throughout his time enjoying professionally to reveal extra individuals to the advantages of IV infusions.
“My mom has been within the medical discipline even earlier than I used to be born (she nonetheless is within the medical discipline),” he mentioned. “If I ever had something that was happening with me, I’d go proper to her. Additionally, the person who I teamed up with to co-CEO had a hydration heart in Arizona. They pitched it to me, and I type of already knew a part of it from utilizing it as an athlete, after we would have lots of video games throughout the week and I wanted an IV. Then I used to be proper again to regular, like nothing had occurred. It’s not only for athletes — it’s for the aged and it’s for dehydration. It checks all of the packing containers of issues that I’m very accustomed to, so I’m actually excited concerning the alternative and with the ability to give again to an space that helped me obtain my objectives.”
Hydrate IV Remedy & Wellness affords a wide selection of infusions and providers which are personalized primarily based on the wants of purchasers. All periods have medical personnel on standby as a precaution.
“It’s a protracted listing, however I attempt to slim it down and inform individuals B12s, vitamin B and vitamin C and D and all these issues that you could put into your physique,” Thompson mentioned. “Then, we do an evaluation of the particular person of how they’re feeling and in the event that they’re allergic to something. Then we’re ready so as to add sure issues that may assist them not simply that day, however, you realize, for the week and within the weeks to go. We additionally preach on retaining it constant. It’s a straightforward course of, and we educate individuals on the way it helps as a result of lots of people will not be accustomed to it — it’s new to lots of people. It’s a household ambiance, and we now have our grand opening on Might 20, opening the doorways to the neighborhood.”
Hydrate IV Remedy and Wellness is positioned at 508 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd Suite #16 in Sewell, New Jersey, which is about 18 miles from Philadelphia. For extra info, go to: https://hydrateivtherapynj.com and comply with them throughout social media platforms @hydrateivnj. Additionally, you’ll want to comply with Jason Thompson’s private web page @jtthekid on IG.
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