In fall 2018, seven-time champion and three-time MVP lacrosse star Paul Rabil founded a new professional lacrosse organization, the Premier Lacrosse League, with his brother, Mike Rabil, a serial entrepreneur and investor. “We’re building a professional sports league that lacrosse deserves,” says Paul. PLL will deliver what the lacrosse community has been seeking: a true home for the sport with the best players, a strong business model, significant financial support, national media coverage through an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group, and a unique touring structure that will better serve players and fans.
Six years before founding PLL, Paul kicked off the Paul Rabil Foundation, committed to helping children with learning differences by creating programs and partnerships through sport and scholarship. Each year, the foundation builds a fund to distribute micro-grant scholarships to their educational partners like The Lab School. The PRF launched the first men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse programs at Lab, and has donated more than $65,000 in lacrosse equipment to Lab and other school partners. “The Lab School does such a great job with kids with learning differences, helping them to learn and find their passions,” says Paul who had his own struggles in school with learning differences, and in fact was an awardee at Lab’s Annual Awards Gala Honoring Outstanding Achievers with Learning Differences in 2011. “To be a small part of that — whether setting up a lacrosse program, giving scholarship money, or just saying ‘hi’ — is incredibly meaningful to me. I am trying to be a resource for kids like me.”
Want to feel inspired? Watch the video above of Paul’s visit to Lab last spring, during which he awarded micro-grant scholarships to nine Lab students.