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Paul Rabil
Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
4d New York, NY, United States Question

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Hi! I'm Paul Rabil. Rolling Stone dubbed me "Lacrosse's First Million Dollar Man. He has been the face of the game for a decade."

I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland December 14, 1985. So wish me a Happy Birthday! I started playing lacrosse when I was about 12 years old. At the time it was more of a backup sport because I loved basketball, soccer, swimming, and music. Once l went to DeMatha Catholic High School to play with some of the best players in the league, I realized my passion for lacrosse started to get serious. 

At DeMatha I was a 4x WCAC Champion, two time All-American, and Washington Post's Player of the Year. I loved lacrosse so much I practiced day and night, and I would bounce the ball back and forth by the house. When it turned dark, I would ask my dad if I could turn his car headlights on so I could play even more. After High School, I decided to go play for the most decorated division 1 program of all-time, Johns Hopkins University.

l went on to be recognized 4x USIL All-American (3x First-Teamer), 2x National Champion, NCAA Midfielder of the Year and Johns Hopkins all-time leading point scorer as a midfielder. I was taken #1 in the Major League Lacrosse Draft to the Boston Cannons, and #2 in the National Lacrosse League Draft to the San Jose Stealth. So, I began my career as a professional lacrosse player in both leagues. 

Since joining the MLL, I have won MLL and NLL Championships, been awarded three MVP titles, three Offensive Player of the Year Awards, six First-Team All Pro's and I have been named to a combined 10 All-Star teams. I also set the single season record for most points scored registered in MLL history. I then joined Team USA and have helped them capture the FIL World Championship Gold Medal. As a result, I was named the World's MVP and Best Midfielder in 2014, and again, was named to the All-Tournament Team and the World's Best Midfielder. 

Besides Lacrosse, I am very interested in business and charity. In 2010, I founded the Paul Rabil Foundation (PRF). Its mission is committed to helping children across the country realize their full potential, especially those with learning differences. I built and sold my own lacrosse/tech company, co-founded and operated a major event business, backed by strategic capital. I am the highest selling lacrosse head in marketplace (cumulated over $10M in retail sales during Warrior partnership). This year, I launched a lacrosse emoji keyboard and gaming app in iOS and Android, and rolled out an athlete-to-athlete interview podcast, called "SuitingUp." I also created the Paul Rabil Experience, an online skills, fitness and nutrition tool designed to motivate and instruct players of all ages. 

Super pumped to chat with you all on Tuesday and can't wait to see what questions you come up with!

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, December 12th 11:30am ET.

59 comments

  • Danica
    8d ago

    What do you think about athletes taking a knee during the National anthem?

    What do you think about athletes taking a knee during the National anthem?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey Danica, I'm wholly supportive of peaceful, legal actions or statements of expression on a particular issue -- especially when it comes to human and social rights. I say this coming from an honest place, too. I'm a straight, white male, born from a lower-middle class family, and play lacrosse (an often stereotyped sport). My main agenda as a person is to continue to listen, empathize, and understand. 


      The best form of empathy? Seek to understand, rather than seek to be understood. With the connected world we live in today, our senses are heightened. These players feel unheard, and I want to support them. 

      Ways to do so? We can help amplify their messaging (through social media and forums like this), and contribute to groups that are far better at instituting real change than any of us. In this case, I would encourage everyone to visit: http://www.blacklifematters.org/

      Hey Danica, I'm wholly supportive of peaceful, legal actions or statements of expression on a particular issue -- especially when it comes to human and social rights. I say this coming from an honest place, too. I'm a straight, white male, born from a lower-middle class family, and play lacrosse (an often stereotyped sport). My main agenda as a person is to continue to listen, empathize, and understand. 


      The best form of empathy? Seek to understand, rather than seek to be understood. With the connected world we live in today, our senses are heightened. These players feel unheard, and I want to support them. 

      Ways to do so? We can help amplify their messaging (through social media and forums like this), and contribute to groups that are far better at instituting real change than any of us. In this case, I would encourage everyone to visit: http://www.blacklifematters.org/

      • Paul Rabil
        Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
        3d ago

        Thinking more about this, I also want to flag that in no way, shape, or form do I and hopefully the NFL athletes mean to disrespect the meaning of our National Anthem, or those who have served and are serving to protect our freedoms. Unfortunately, I think conversations have pitted the disrespect of soldiers and veterans, where I do not believe this is the case. 


        Back when Kap first protested, he met with a Navy SEAL who empathized with Kap and asked that instead of sitting during the anthem, he kneel. He radiantly obliged and was grateful to have the conversation. After all, genuflecting is a sign of respect and peace -- we do it at church. 

        ^^^felt like this was important to add to the conversation.

        Thinking more about this, I also want to flag that in no way, shape, or form do I and hopefully the NFL athletes mean to disrespect the meaning of our National Anthem, or those who have served and are serving to protect our freedoms. Unfortunately, I think conversations have pitted the disrespect of soldiers and veterans, where I do not believe this is the case. 


        Back when Kap first protested, he met with a Navy SEAL who empathized with Kap and asked that instead of sitting during the anthem, he kneel. He radiantly obliged and was grateful to have the conversation. After all, genuflecting is a sign of respect and peace -- we do it at church. 

        ^^^felt like this was important to add to the conversation.

  • thechichawaiian
    thechichawaiian Head of Mogul @ Work // President of Fordham University
    7d ago

    Aloha Paul,

    It's so nice to have you here on Mogul. How do you manage the work/life balance given all of your ventures alongside your full-time athletic career? Would love to hear your thoughts.
    Mahalo Nui Loa,
    Alana Higa

    Aloha Paul,

    It's so nice to have you here on Mogul. How do you manage the work/life balance given all of your ventures alongside your full-time athletic career? Would love to hear your thoughts.
    Mahalo Nui Loa,
    Alana Higa

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Aloha, Alana. 


      So grateful to have been invited :)

      There's a lot of conversation in today's culture of high stimulation in media, tech, work, politics, etc., making it difficult to sort out priorities...I think. 

      For me, I think work/life balance is less about coordinating time for career, then time for personal. I believe our best form of balance is asking ourselves "what's important to me at this moment in my life?". Example: if you're in your 20's and want to build economic wealth around a particular career of choice, you'll likely have to be ready to run hard for the next 10-15 years. If you accept that choice, I think your work/life balance becomes a product of that commitment (keep in mind, I hope that choice also means you're enjoying your work :)

      Another example: if you're a stay-at-home Dad, helping support the household and family, you may feel like you're skewing more "personal", but really, it's a decision you've (hopefully) made with your partner, based on a combination of happiness and efficiency, and are in love with the opportunity to raise a family. 

      ^^^may not be the best examples, but I think where I'm trying to head to is our work/life balance should be a decision made on the present moment, what makes you happy, the consideration for the impact of your choices on others, and the ability to revisit these decisions at any moment. It's not a parsed out equation of time in office vs. time at-home.

      Aloha, Alana. 


      So grateful to have been invited :)

      There's a lot of conversation in today's culture of high stimulation in media, tech, work, politics, etc., making it difficult to sort out priorities...I think. 

      For me, I think work/life balance is less about coordinating time for career, then time for personal. I believe our best form of balance is asking ourselves "what's important to me at this moment in my life?". Example: if you're in your 20's and want to build economic wealth around a particular career of choice, you'll likely have to be ready to run hard for the next 10-15 years. If you accept that choice, I think your work/life balance becomes a product of that commitment (keep in mind, I hope that choice also means you're enjoying your work :)

      Another example: if you're a stay-at-home Dad, helping support the household and family, you may feel like you're skewing more "personal", but really, it's a decision you've (hopefully) made with your partner, based on a combination of happiness and efficiency, and are in love with the opportunity to raise a family. 

      ^^^may not be the best examples, but I think where I'm trying to head to is our work/life balance should be a decision made on the present moment, what makes you happy, the consideration for the impact of your choices on others, and the ability to revisit these decisions at any moment. It's not a parsed out equation of time in office vs. time at-home.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    8d ago

    Who were the players you loved playing with? Any up and coming players we all need to watch out for?

    Who were the players you loved playing with? Any up and coming players we all need to watch out for?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Namisha -- love your subtitled interests :) Very cool.


      Players' I love playing with include Kyle Hartzell, Kyle Harrison, Kevin Buchanan, Scotty Rodgers, Tucker Durkin, and many more. 

      Up and comers? Lookout for two college seniors: Joel Tinney (JHU) and Connor Kelly (UMD).

      Namisha -- love your subtitled interests :) Very cool.


      Players' I love playing with include Kyle Hartzell, Kyle Harrison, Kevin Buchanan, Scotty Rodgers, Tucker Durkin, and many more. 

      Up and comers? Lookout for two college seniors: Joel Tinney (JHU) and Connor Kelly (UMD).

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3d ago

    Hi @Paul Rabil! If you weren't a professional athlete, what would you do in terms of a profession? 

    Hi @Paul Rabil! If you weren't a professional athlete, what would you do in terms of a profession? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Thanks, Bethany. I used to reactively say "sports marketing" -- mainly because it's what I think I'm pretty decent at over social media.


      The more I've spent time with it, as well as thought through the inevitable end of playing career, the more I know I'm already doing what I love -- with or without a career in sports. And that's entrepreneurship. Working with people. Building meaningful properties that positively affect the lives of employees and customers. 

      Thanks, Bethany. I used to reactively say "sports marketing" -- mainly because it's what I think I'm pretty decent at over social media.


      The more I've spent time with it, as well as thought through the inevitable end of playing career, the more I know I'm already doing what I love -- with or without a career in sports. And that's entrepreneurship. Working with people. Building meaningful properties that positively affect the lives of employees and customers. 

  • Dave
    3d ago

    Hi @Paul Rabil - How has your lacrosse experiences impacted/translated into your business ventures/business acumen? 

    Hi @Paul Rabil - How has your lacrosse experiences impacted/translated into your business ventures/business acumen? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Great question, Dave. I'm going to take a slightly different angle to the answer.


      Feeling fortunate to have built several businesses and invest heavily in media while I still play, I feel like I've learned more from "the office" that has redirected certain skill sets as a player, than the reverse. 

      In business, I've learned how to work with people -- respectfully, with care, and the intent to help them burgeon their IQ and EQ. This takes careful attention to detail, real and long conversations about life. In sports, most of the communication is extrinsically motivated (like winning a championship), or shortened to just "work really fucking hard". In business, that doesn't always work -- if ever.

      Another thing I've learned in business is how to think creatively, outside the box. It's been great to take that back to the field, where often we're caught in the traditional "way of doing things". Constantly asking yourself, "is this the best course of action?" is a great place to start.

      Great question, Dave. I'm going to take a slightly different angle to the answer.


      Feeling fortunate to have built several businesses and invest heavily in media while I still play, I feel like I've learned more from "the office" that has redirected certain skill sets as a player, than the reverse. 

      In business, I've learned how to work with people -- respectfully, with care, and the intent to help them burgeon their IQ and EQ. This takes careful attention to detail, real and long conversations about life. In sports, most of the communication is extrinsically motivated (like winning a championship), or shortened to just "work really fucking hard". In business, that doesn't always work -- if ever.

      Another thing I've learned in business is how to think creatively, outside the box. It's been great to take that back to the field, where often we're caught in the traditional "way of doing things". Constantly asking yourself, "is this the best course of action?" is a great place to start.

      • Dave
        3d ago

        @Paul Rabil great insight - thank you! As a fellow Maryland-er, I'm an avid fan!

        @Paul Rabil great insight - thank you! As a fellow Maryland-er, I'm an avid fan!

      • Dave
        3d ago

        @Paul Rabil great insight - thank you! As a fellow Maryland-er, I'm an avid fan!

        @Paul Rabil great insight - thank you! As a fellow Maryland-er, I'm an avid fan!

  • Paul Rabil
    Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
    3d ago

    Thank you for your thoughtful and intriguing questions, everyone. This was so great. Hope to do it again soon!

    Thank you for your thoughtful and intriguing questions, everyone. This was so great. Hope to do it again soon!

  • Sarah Fein
    9d ago

    Nice to see an athlete here from lacrosse. I enjoy the sport a lot. @Paul Rabil what does it feel like to be really good at a sport? I can only imagine it must be such a neat feeling.

    Nice to see an athlete here from lacrosse. I enjoy the sport a lot. @Paul Rabil what does it feel like to be really good at a sport? I can only imagine it must be such a neat feeling.

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Thanks, Sarah. That's very nice of you. It is a neat feeling <--- note: this is something I've been working on very intentionally.


      One of the reasons why top athletes are so talented is they're driven by the "never enough mentality". They're ultra competitors that fear losing more than they enjoy winning. 

      It's important that as you become a pro athlete -- or frankly, professional in any category -- that you take a moment to enjoy what you're doing and have accomplished. These are one of those moments :)

      Thanks, Sarah. That's very nice of you. It is a neat feeling <--- note: this is something I've been working on very intentionally.


      One of the reasons why top athletes are so talented is they're driven by the "never enough mentality". They're ultra competitors that fear losing more than they enjoy winning. 

      It's important that as you become a pro athlete -- or frankly, professional in any category -- that you take a moment to enjoy what you're doing and have accomplished. These are one of those moments :)

  • Danica
    7d ago

    @WOBOLD SPORTS I'm sure you have a great question to add. 

    @WOBOLD SPORTS I'm sure you have a great question to add. 

  • Bernadyn
    Bernadyn Community Member
    3d ago

    You've already accomplished so much! What's next for you; where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

    You've already accomplished so much! What's next for you; where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Thanks, Bernadyn -- I really appreciate it.


      In the next 5 years, I plan to continue to play professionally, help create meaningful content for our social, video and audio platforms, and continue to work with my business partners and employees on our mission-driven efforts in business.

      Sports are representative of a powerful vehicle that can ignite conversation...and hopefully change. On or off the field, I'm planning to ride-share in the vehicle for the rest of my life.

      Thanks, Bernadyn -- I really appreciate it.


      In the next 5 years, I plan to continue to play professionally, help create meaningful content for our social, video and audio platforms, and continue to work with my business partners and employees on our mission-driven efforts in business.

      Sports are representative of a powerful vehicle that can ignite conversation...and hopefully change. On or off the field, I'm planning to ride-share in the vehicle for the rest of my life.

  • Bernadyn
    Bernadyn Community Member
    3d ago

    My son is 9 and he's interested in lacrosse. He's already great at football and likes basketball, too. What advice would you give him and other kids who want to play lacrosse or any professional sport that you wish someone gave you while you were a kid?

    My son is 9 and he's interested in lacrosse. He's already great at football and likes basketball, too. What advice would you give him and other kids who want to play lacrosse or any professional sport that you wish someone gave you while you were a kid?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      I was fortunate to have a terrific mother and father who encouraged me to play any and all sports I could get my hands on (and we could afford). 


      If you're young, don't play with the intention to make it to the pros. Your sport-specific interests will change. Mine did. When I was young, basketball was my favorite sport...then soccer. I didn't know lacrosse would weave it's way into my life as it did until HS. 

      But, given my experience in the aforementioned, as well as swimming and track and field, I had developed multiple athletic skill sets and relationships that enabled me to push my potential beyond sport-specialization. 

      Re: your 9 year-old, that's fantastic he's talented at football and basketball. My guess is he'll be just as talented at lacrosse -- if not more :)

      I was fortunate to have a terrific mother and father who encouraged me to play any and all sports I could get my hands on (and we could afford). 


      If you're young, don't play with the intention to make it to the pros. Your sport-specific interests will change. Mine did. When I was young, basketball was my favorite sport...then soccer. I didn't know lacrosse would weave it's way into my life as it did until HS. 

      But, given my experience in the aforementioned, as well as swimming and track and field, I had developed multiple athletic skill sets and relationships that enabled me to push my potential beyond sport-specialization. 

      Re: your 9 year-old, that's fantastic he's talented at football and basketball. My guess is he'll be just as talented at lacrosse -- if not more :)

  • alliealliem
    3d ago

    Hi Paul! First, happy birthday. Your accomplishments are so impressive. My coworker calls you the LeBron James of lacrosse, but I feel like LeBron is the Paul Rabil of basketball. Where do you see lacrosse in 20 years? 

    Hi Paul! First, happy birthday. Your accomplishments are so impressive. My coworker calls you the LeBron James of lacrosse, but I feel like LeBron is the Paul Rabil of basketball. Where do you see lacrosse in 20 years? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Wow. Thanks, Allie. That's awfully nice.


      I've had the chance to meet Lebron, and know his business partner Mav Carter well. I'm very happy to be in their passenger seat :)

      Lacrosse has a lot of growing to do -- as a sport (functionally), as a profession, at the youth level, and even socially (hashing out elitism stereotypes and others). We're committed to addressing each of these verticals. There are some fantastic people making key decisions for lacrosse, which gives us confidence.

      In 20 years, I'm hoping our sport continues to build momentum, 10x's the participatory size, and most importantly, remains a sport that can be nimble with the ever-changing times in media and tech. THAT, will make a big difference.

      Wow. Thanks, Allie. That's awfully nice.


      I've had the chance to meet Lebron, and know his business partner Mav Carter well. I'm very happy to be in their passenger seat :)

      Lacrosse has a lot of growing to do -- as a sport (functionally), as a profession, at the youth level, and even socially (hashing out elitism stereotypes and others). We're committed to addressing each of these verticals. There are some fantastic people making key decisions for lacrosse, which gives us confidence.

      In 20 years, I'm hoping our sport continues to build momentum, 10x's the participatory size, and most importantly, remains a sport that can be nimble with the ever-changing times in media and tech. THAT, will make a big difference.

    • alliealliem
      3d ago

      *My coworker and the New York Times

      *My coworker and the New York Times

  • Evan Downey 9
    3d ago

    Hi Paul, I am a recent college grad. Ive played lacrosse all my life. Currently trying to get picked up in the Supplemental draft. Lacrosse is my passion and I am having a hard time figuring out what I want to do career path wise in relation to my passion. I was wondering if you would be open to being my mentor?

    Hi Paul, I am a recent college grad. Ive played lacrosse all my life. Currently trying to get picked up in the Supplemental draft. Lacrosse is my passion and I am having a hard time figuring out what I want to do career path wise in relation to my passion. I was wondering if you would be open to being my mentor?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey Evan. Thanks for the note. Awesome to hear your brief story.


      Email my CoS, Andrew Manning: [email protected]

      Hey Evan. Thanks for the note. Awesome to hear your brief story.


      Email my CoS, Andrew Manning: [email protected]

  • andmann99
    3d ago

    Hey Paul,


    What are you doing to empower female entrepreneurs and what is something we can do to support those efforts on a grassroots basis? 

    Hey Paul,


    What are you doing to empower female entrepreneurs and what is something we can do to support those efforts on a grassroots basis? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Great question, Andrew (he's my chief of staff).


      There are a few things we're doing right now to empower/work with female entrepreneurs.

      1. We're actively working with female pro lacrosse players to help rollout event businesses and tell their stories through our media/marketing engines. We hope to continue to grow this aspect of our business.

      2. As part of our investment thesis, we're actively sourcing deals with female entrepreneurs as founders. They're more likely to succeed, backed by exits and a current 70% HS valedictorian measure.

      3. We're hiring both employees and interns. We'd like to bring females into the workplace to help us grow creatively, empathically, and with a unique (and very valuable) perspective. You can contact [email protected] if you're interested. Note: we just had a Dartmouth women's field hockey player in the office for interviews -- shoutout Jess :)

      Great question, Andrew (he's my chief of staff).


      There are a few things we're doing right now to empower/work with female entrepreneurs.

      1. We're actively working with female pro lacrosse players to help rollout event businesses and tell their stories through our media/marketing engines. We hope to continue to grow this aspect of our business.

      2. As part of our investment thesis, we're actively sourcing deals with female entrepreneurs as founders. They're more likely to succeed, backed by exits and a current 70% HS valedictorian measure.

      3. We're hiring both employees and interns. We'd like to bring females into the workplace to help us grow creatively, empathically, and with a unique (and very valuable) perspective. You can contact [email protected] if you're interested. Note: we just had a Dartmouth women's field hockey player in the office for interviews -- shoutout Jess :)

      • Paul Rabil
        Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
        3d ago

        Also, adding to point #2: check out Tina Sharkey and Brandless -- we're proud investors!

        Also, adding to point #2: check out Tina Sharkey and Brandless -- we're proud investors!

  • Summer Storm
    3d ago

    @Paul Rabil, what do you think about lacrosse in the olympics?

    @Paul Rabil, what do you think about lacrosse in the olympics?

  • Summer Storm
    3d ago

    @Paul Rabil, I’m a ninth grader in girls lacrosse. At my level there is already a discussion of being recruited and scholarships. Do you have any advice for me to help get my face out there or what I should do to become a better player? 


    P.S. you are a major inspiration for me and I think that it is very inspiring and great that we get to ask you questions and have them answered!

    @Paul Rabil, I’m a ninth grader in girls lacrosse. At my level there is already a discussion of being recruited and scholarships. Do you have any advice for me to help get my face out there or what I should do to become a better player? 


    P.S. you are a major inspiration for me and I think that it is very inspiring and great that we get to ask you questions and have them answered!

  • Max Vee 8
    3d ago

    #AskPaul hey Paul you are my idol. Can I please get a warp? 

    #AskPaul hey Paul you are my idol. Can I please get a warp? 

  • Nick_Polydoras

    Hi Paul I'm a huge fan do you think I could get a warp or warpil from you for Christmas??🤞🏻🤞🏻

    Hi Paul I'm a huge fan do you think I could get a warp or warpil from you for Christmas??🤞🏻🤞🏻

  • Danica
    7d ago

    @Sophia Raia @Sophia Simonian @Illana Raia 76 You ladies are so into sports, any questions for Paul?

    @Sophia Raia @Sophia Simonian @Illana Raia 76 You ladies are so into sports, any questions for Paul?

    • Sophia Raia
      7d ago

      As a female college athlete, I'd like to know what your thoughts are on the equality between male and female athletics. Do you think the gender gap is closing? And is there a difference in this topic from college athletics to professional athletics?  

      As a female college athlete, I'd like to know what your thoughts are on the equality between male and female athletics. Do you think the gender gap is closing? And is there a difference in this topic from college athletics to professional athletics?  

      • Paul Rabil
        Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
        3d ago

        Great question, Sophia!


        Similar to my feelings in response to the NFL kneeling protests, across the board, I consider myself an advocate and supporter of all human rights -- gender, race, sexual orientation, religion. 

        I think the NCAA's Title 9 is a very worthwhile effort to level the playing field between genders in sports. 

        At the professional level, we could do a better job of providing more/better opportunity AND SUPPORT for women to play professionally (note: women's lacrosse recently started a pro league). A couple ways of doing so?

        1. If you're a male athlete with a large audience, use your platform to engage with your female counterparts, drawing attention to their skill and platform. This is something we can all do better and more of!

        2. If you're a brand spending marketing dollars in the NBA, MLS, or MLL (as examples), you should consider carving out the same budget for the women's leagues in the same categories. 

        Most of the success we see in sports and business is actually manufactured over time. Which takes a concerted effort. I believe that it's not a product of greater or lesser play -- we have to continue to move the progressive ball down the field :)

        Great question, Sophia!


        Similar to my feelings in response to the NFL kneeling protests, across the board, I consider myself an advocate and supporter of all human rights -- gender, race, sexual orientation, religion. 

        I think the NCAA's Title 9 is a very worthwhile effort to level the playing field between genders in sports. 

        At the professional level, we could do a better job of providing more/better opportunity AND SUPPORT for women to play professionally (note: women's lacrosse recently started a pro league). A couple ways of doing so?

        1. If you're a male athlete with a large audience, use your platform to engage with your female counterparts, drawing attention to their skill and platform. This is something we can all do better and more of!

        2. If you're a brand spending marketing dollars in the NBA, MLS, or MLL (as examples), you should consider carving out the same budget for the women's leagues in the same categories. 

        Most of the success we see in sports and business is actually manufactured over time. Which takes a concerted effort. I believe that it's not a product of greater or lesser play -- we have to continue to move the progressive ball down the field :)

  • blongworth
    3d ago

    Paul,

     I watch askpaul every week and often catch your podcast. What needs to be done to further mainstream ncaa Lax and the MLL? 

    Also can you give your pick for who you think the next ACC, PAC-12, and Big 10 schools to add d-1 mens lax will be? 

    P.S- I saw you retweet the Washington Post story about the diverse D.C. program Wilson High School. Have you had any contact with the school/your sponsors about the helping to support the program?

    Paul,

     I watch askpaul every week and often catch your podcast. What needs to be done to further mainstream ncaa Lax and the MLL? 

    Also can you give your pick for who you think the next ACC, PAC-12, and Big 10 schools to add d-1 mens lax will be? 

    P.S- I saw you retweet the Washington Post story about the diverse D.C. program Wilson High School. Have you had any contact with the school/your sponsors about the helping to support the program?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey there!


      Working back to front.

      Yes -- we love the folks at Wilson HS. I first worked with them about 7 or 8 years ago, then this past year, we scholarship'd a number of their players to attend our Rabil Tour series -- an initiative we mandate at each of our events. Diversifying our sport, lowering the barrier to enter, are both critical for our sports continued growth.

      Picks? Let's see...Duke (ACC) and JHU (B1G10) are two of my favorites :)

      Thanks for listening to my pod! suitinguppodcast.com

      Hey there!


      Working back to front.

      Yes -- we love the folks at Wilson HS. I first worked with them about 7 or 8 years ago, then this past year, we scholarship'd a number of their players to attend our Rabil Tour series -- an initiative we mandate at each of our events. Diversifying our sport, lowering the barrier to enter, are both critical for our sports continued growth.

      Picks? Let's see...Duke (ACC) and JHU (B1G10) are two of my favorites :)

      Thanks for listening to my pod! suitinguppodcast.com

  • Robert Pszybylksi

    Hello Paul, 


    I am so excited that you stand along side LGBTQ+ athletes in the sport and abroad. Why is it so important to you that everyone is excepted for who they are? I participate in GSA in my school and have many friends that are not heterosexual.  It means a lot to have someone of your stature supporting them. Also are you and Kelly still together? 

    Thanks in advance sir. 

    Hello Paul, 


    I am so excited that you stand along side LGBTQ+ athletes in the sport and abroad. Why is it so important to you that everyone is excepted for who they are? I participate in GSA in my school and have many friends that are not heterosexual.  It means a lot to have someone of your stature supporting them. Also are you and Kelly still together? 

    Thanks in advance sir. 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey Robert,


      Thanks for the note -- 

      Human rights and social equalities are important to me for one main reason. None of us are created the same, yet we live in a society where people judge almost purely out of their insecurities in themselves -- which is actually a product of them not feeling heard, understood, or validated. Isn't that a bit ironic? 

      If you can commit to understanding everyone has their own narrative -- a product of the way they were raised, their parent(s) were raised, the social circles they were given (and sought after), their schools, and opportunity -- then we're less inclined to judge or ask why, and more capable of acceptance. 

      Accepting is a form of stoicism. Being present, and valuing others. This kind of stuff brings me actual fulfillment.

      People are as important as the world spinning on its own axis. 

      Hey Robert,


      Thanks for the note -- 

      Human rights and social equalities are important to me for one main reason. None of us are created the same, yet we live in a society where people judge almost purely out of their insecurities in themselves -- which is actually a product of them not feeling heard, understood, or validated. Isn't that a bit ironic? 

      If you can commit to understanding everyone has their own narrative -- a product of the way they were raised, their parent(s) were raised, the social circles they were given (and sought after), their schools, and opportunity -- then we're less inclined to judge or ask why, and more capable of acceptance. 

      Accepting is a form of stoicism. Being present, and valuing others. This kind of stuff brings me actual fulfillment.

      People are as important as the world spinning on its own axis. 

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  • Johnathan
    3d ago

    Hi Paul, What is your Offseason Workout Regiment?

    Hi Paul, What is your Offseason Workout Regiment?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Great question, John. 


      At this stage in my career, the only thing that differs between my in-season and offseason workout routines are the practices and games. 

      Overall, we schedule are training based on my sleep and nutrition, core muscular development groups, and fitness maintenance. 

      Example would be a long, dynamic warmup, rolling out muscles, working on anabolic speed, circuit training (body weight and kettle balls), then focused lifting.

      Great question, John. 


      At this stage in my career, the only thing that differs between my in-season and offseason workout routines are the practices and games. 

      Overall, we schedule are training based on my sleep and nutrition, core muscular development groups, and fitness maintenance. 

      Example would be a long, dynamic warmup, rolling out muscles, working on anabolic speed, circuit training (body weight and kettle balls), then focused lifting.

  • Johnathan
    3d ago

    How fast are lacrosse players in terms of sprint speed compared to other sports like football, soccer, basketball etc.

    How fast are lacrosse players in terms of sprint speed compared to other sports like football, soccer, basketball etc.

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Each sport -- and I mean this from experience and relationships -- has their world-class sprinters and powerful athletes. We have several players in MLL who have clocked 4.3 40 times. Brilliant. Then there's Tom Brady, who's inarguably the best QB of all-time, that tested poorly at the NFL combine, but showed that success in sports is less about the physical attributes, and more about the mental horsepower.

      Each sport -- and I mean this from experience and relationships -- has their world-class sprinters and powerful athletes. We have several players in MLL who have clocked 4.3 40 times. Brilliant. Then there's Tom Brady, who's inarguably the best QB of all-time, that tested poorly at the NFL combine, but showed that success in sports is less about the physical attributes, and more about the mental horsepower.

    • Johnathan
      3d ago

      Hi, how are those mll players?

      Hi, how are those mll players?

  • colbyfitch
    3d ago

    Hi Paul, how do you feel about the leagues leadership, overall structure as an entity and lack of transparency? Anyway to oust the current MLL regime and reorganize w/ people that actually have a clue & vested interest in growing the game?

    Hi Paul, how do you feel about the leagues leadership, overall structure as an entity and lack of transparency? Anyway to oust the current MLL regime and reorganize w/ people that actually have a clue & vested interest in growing the game?

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey Colby -- thanks for the questions.


      I'll say we have many terrific owners. Folks who have been wildly successful in their respective disciplines. I also think our league structure (single entity) is right. All that said, if I were given the opportunity to change a some things we've chosen to operate in a few key areas, I would :)

      Re: transparency, I think that's a tricky subject but agree that we (players) and league (MLL/NLL) can be doing a much better job. I hope their focus is as such. I know ours is.

      Cheers --

      Hey Colby -- thanks for the questions.


      I'll say we have many terrific owners. Folks who have been wildly successful in their respective disciplines. I also think our league structure (single entity) is right. All that said, if I were given the opportunity to change a some things we've chosen to operate in a few key areas, I would :)

      Re: transparency, I think that's a tricky subject but agree that we (players) and league (MLL/NLL) can be doing a much better job. I hope their focus is as such. I know ours is.

      Cheers --

      • colbyfitch
        3d ago

         Is MLL Commish David Cross actually going to step-down as promised? BTW- I blame nothing on the players and hold all in high regard.  Thanks PR.

         Is MLL Commish David Cross actually going to step-down as promised? BTW- I blame nothing on the players and hold all in high regard.  Thanks PR.

  • Anton Wesse 86

    What mesh are you using? 

    What mesh are you using? 

    • Paul Rabil
      Paul Rabil Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times
      3d ago

      Hey Anton --
      I use both the WARP (still in dev phase) and warrior dura mesh. 

      Hey Anton --
      I use both the WARP (still in dev phase) and warrior dura mesh. 

  • Dustin Wease 74

    Hey Paul what’s some advice you can give to someone wanting to go try out for a lacrosse team but is a little older than most trying out.  what’s something that could help stand out ? 

    Hey Paul what’s some advice you can give to someone wanting to go try out for a lacrosse team but is a little older than most trying out.  what’s something that could help stand out ? 

  • max newcomb
    3d ago

    When does the college season start?

    When does the college season start?

  • Zach Bull 52
    3d ago

    As a kid, did you have a driving force other than your love for sports?

    As a kid, did you have a driving force other than your love for sports?

  • Zach Bull 52
    3d ago

    Do you have any tips for young athletes in highschool like me ?

    Do you have any tips for young athletes in highschool like me ?

  • Dylan Wilson 22
    Dylan Wilson 22 Striving to make into the MLL for the Lizards ====<#)
    3d ago

    Hey it's Dylan! 

    When did you start practicing really hard to make it into the MLL?? Is it too late for me to start practice to make it too at age 17?

    Hey it's Dylan! 

    When did you start practicing really hard to make it into the MLL?? Is it too late for me to start practice to make it too at age 17?

  • Cole_mat
    3d ago

    Hey Paul im a junior in highschool and am starting to look at the recruiting process. What are some tips you can tell me about being recruited and what are some things you did to earn your place in hopkins.


    Thanks,
    Cole

    Hey Paul im a junior in highschool and am starting to look at the recruiting process. What are some tips you can tell me about being recruited and what are some things you did to earn your place in hopkins.


    Thanks,
    Cole

  • I_real_people_I

    I've never heard of you. Who are you?

    I've never heard of you. Who are you?

  • thomas mcfarland

    Hey paul im a 2nd year middie and just at the last tournament of fall lacrosse some defender chopped my stick head clean off could you send me a warpaul or some other stick fo uppcoming seaon?

    Hey paul im a 2nd year middie and just at the last tournament of fall lacrosse some defender chopped my stick head clean off could you send me a warpaul or some other stick fo uppcoming seaon?

  • Preston Morrisette

    How big of a disadvantage am I at for starting lacrosse late?

    How big of a disadvantage am I at for starting lacrosse late?


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Labeled “The LeBron James of Lacrosse” by The New York Times

The world's most recognized lacrosse player, Paul plays for the New York Lizards and Team USA. He's won championships at all levels of competition, including League MVPs, a World MVP, and MLL Championship MVP. Beginning with a Facebook page in 2009, Paul's grown his audience into a broad [...]

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