Paul Rabil is a professional lacrosse player and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League – Featuring 200 of the world's best players, Paul created a revolutionary tour-based league, with a full regular season and playoff schedule televised on NBC, and major corporate partners like Adidas, Capital One and Gatorade.
Paul's lacrosse career began when his next-door neighbor gave him his backup equipment to try out for the local rec team. Since then, Paul has gone on to influence the sport at every level, winning championships and MVP’s twice in the NCAA’s, multiple times in professional outdoor and indoor lacrosse, as well as becoming a two-time World Champion with Team USA.
Off the field, Paul’s leveraged his sophistication in media and tech to build a robust multi-channel influencer network. Anchored by his YouTube channel with 205,000+ subscribers and an Instagram account with 360,000+ followers, Paul utilizes each platform’s unique tools to connect with audiences around the world, telling his story through the lens of lacrosse. In 2017, SportTechie awarded Paul as “Most Tech-Savvy Athlete on the Planet”, and in 2018, the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards named Paul the 2018 “Best Athlete in a Web Series”.
In 2017, Paul launched the award-winning Suiting Up Podcast, which hosts the top athletes, entrepreneurs, and entertainers in the world, discussing their journey to success while disclosing tips to listeners. The podcast has over 1,250,000 downloads and was featured as the #1 New and Noteworthy podcast by Apple Podcasts. Podcast guests include Bill Belichick, Venus Williams, Drew Brees, Gary Vaynerchuck, Scott Galloway, and Adam Grant.
Named a “Top 40 Most Entrepreneurial Athlete” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Paul has also found success as a business owner and investor, acquiring capital and operating Rabil Ventures.
In 2011, Paul started the Paul Rabil Foundation (PRF), with the mission of helping children with learning differences, by creating programs and partnerships through sport and scholarship. Having grown up with Auditory Processing Disorder and ADHD, Paul looked to sports to help build confidence, skill and interpersonal skills, saying “the crossover between athletics and academics was critical to my growth and broader achievement”.
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