Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — He’s called the LeBron James of lacrosse. Team USA midfielder Paul Rabil is the best in the sport.
Now, as Jessica Kartalija reports, the athlete wants others like him to succeed–not only on the field but in the classroom.
Paul Rabil is unstoppable, both on and off the field. At 26, he plays for two professional lacrosse teams and Team USA. Rubil is sponsored by Red Bull and Polk Audio and recently started his own equipment and apparel line with Warrior and now he has another project.
“I wanted to leverage my lacrosse platform and really help those with learning differences,” Rabil said.
Rabil has what’s called an auditory processing disorder that affects how the brain processes language.
Last year, he started the Paul Rabil Foundation, helping children with learning differences reach their full potential.
“The funding is very limited. I know that from personal experience so I dug in more and met with the heads of school at the Lab School to figure out how that process works,” he said. “It’s very humbling to be a part of.”
The foundation is preparing for its big public fundraiser, the Holiday Magic Gala. It’s hoping to raise enough money to fund tuition at the Lab School.
“A lot of it is finding your purpose and how you can give back to the community and really for me, this foundation has been my purpose outside my profession,” Rabil said.
Last year, Rabil’s organization was able to send four kids to the Lab School, two in Washington, D.C., and provide scholarships for two others here in Baltimore.