by Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L, & Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D

Releases Fall 2017

On November 14, 2009, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II kicked his way into the record books. At age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point when he kicked the PAT (Point After Touchdown) in the second quarter of the game between Austin College and Trinity University. It was a dream come true―many years in the making. 

"Like many people, I grew up feeling as though I couldn't catch a break," muses the author, speaker, and NCAA football record holder. "With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, I struggled to find meaning and purpose. As an adult with no real plan, my self-absorbed lifestyle led to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries. But in time, I found my faith, my purpose, and my soulmate. If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be." 

With degrees in Business Management, Kinesiology, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Teaching, Dr. Thompson’s purpose is to encourage people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilled lives, to discover and reach their full potential, and to develop a deeper faith in the process. 

Divided into three sections―Body, Mind, and Spirit―Get a Kick out of Life includes tips on goal setting and intentionality, physical fitness and nutrition, finding your purpose, developing deeper relationships with family and friends, and offers suggestions for ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.

"I love this book. It is a real Chicken Soup for the Soul story of overcoming obstacles and going for your matter what. Highly recommended."

Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul.

KICK START (Updated and Expanded Edition)

by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II w/ Alice Sulivan


Like many of us, Tom Thompson felt as though he couldn't catch a break. With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, including growing up in a broken home and the early death of his father, he struggled to find meaning and purpose. As an adult with no real plan, his self-absorbed lifestyle led to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries. It seemed to be one thing after another. Was this how life was meant to be lived? 

Along the way, Tom’s life intersected with and was influenced by an assortment of fascinating characters including martial arts champion and legend, Chuck Norris, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and president of the United States, George W. Bush. And in time, Tom found his faith, his purpose, and his soul-mate. 

His is a remarkable story of stamina, determination, and of overcoming the odds to become the first over-60 NCAA football player. And his example will inspire the reader to Kick Start their life at any age.

This updated and expanded edition of Kick Start contains a new chapter on Goal Setting, including tips for intentionality, exploring the link between goal setting and physical fitness, and on ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.

Written by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson, II, with Alice Sullivan.


By Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D, Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., Charles C. Manz, Ph.D, Emmet C. Thompson II, D.S.L.. & Janey Tornelli-Mitchell, M.D.

The 8-week proven solution for shaping up your body, mind and career. From the business and fitness experts of the Cooper Wellness Program.

Written by doctors Christopher Neck, Tedd Mitchell, Charles Manz, Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, and Janet Tornelli-Mitchell.

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