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Professional Lacrosse: MLL All-Star Paul Rabil Hires Global-Leader Marketing Agency Octagon To Represent His Personal Brand, Sport Of Lacrosse

Octagon Athletes And PersonalitiesThe 27-year-old Rabil in a telephone interview said he sought a long-term, global-minded partner capable of increasing not only his personal brand, but the sport of lacrosse at both the professional and development levels. Rabil is the first lacrosse player represented by Octagon, a unit of Interpublic Group of Cos., the second-largest U.S. advertising company.

Paul RabilKane said there are similarities between Rabil and Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. Phelps has endorsements with, among others, Louis Vuitton, Subway, Head & Shoulders, Speedo, Omega and Hilton. Octagon also manages the swimmer’s foundation.

Paul Rabil, the first professional lacrosse player to amass a million-dollar endorsement portfolio, has hired Octagon as his marketing representative.

By Scott Soshnick

By Scott Soshnick

Rabil said he’s joining the firm’s Personalities & Properties division and will be represented by agent Erin Kane, whose clients include Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch. The division includes Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson and former National Football League coaches Bill Cowher, Brian Billick and Herm Edwards. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps is also an Octagon client.

“Octagon has a track record with other professional athletes whose sport has a growing participation at the youth level but low visibility at the pro level,” said Rabil, who had been represented by Baltimore-based attorney Ira Rainess.

“We envision having Paul alongside top athletes in other sports. It comes down to personality that captures imagination,” said Kane, adding that her first order of business is to perform a brand analysis of the two-time Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player. “Paul brings lacrosse out of the niche area.”

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NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse 2013 Championship Team Experienced Success In Classroom As Well; Highest Student-Athlete GPA (3.801) In Final Four, 18 Players On ACC Honor Roll

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Lacrosse Heroes: ESPN Video “Man In The Red Bandana” Memorializes The Heroic Efforts Of Former Boston College Lacrosse Player Welles R. Crowther In Leading People To Safety During Terrorist Attack On World Trade Center On Sept 11

Ten years later:  Remembering Welles R. Crowther, the man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th  — a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana.

Welles R. Crowther Firefighter World Trade Center Hero Sept 11 2001

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Legends Of Lacrosse: Harry J. Smith AKA “Jay Silverheels” Became Actor Who Played “Tonto” In “The Lone Ranger” In The 1950’s; Discovered While Playing Indoor “Box” Lacrosse For Six Nations

“…How Smith, a lacrosse star of the Six Nations of the Grand River, became Silverheels, an actor who despised his own portrayal of an Indian, is a story that spans a continent and an era.

Harry J. Smith was discovered by Hollywood while on a barnstorming tour out West.

Harry J. Smith was discovered by Hollywood while on a barnstorming tour out West.

But few realize that what put him on the path to Hollywood was the invention of indoor lacrosse — box lacrosse, as it is called in Canada and western New York.”

At Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario, the home of the Six Nations Chiefs, box lacrosse champions of eastern Canada, a photograph from 1931 hangs on the wall. Gazing ahead resolutely and gripping a lacrosse stick is a handsome dark-haired Mohawk man with a bandage over his right brow.

Jay Silverheels as Tonto in Lone Ranger with Clayton Moore

From left, Jay Silverheels, as Tonto; Silver; and Clayton Moore in “The Lone Ranger.”

That man was Harry J. Smith, but many years later, he became known to the world as Jay Silverheels, the actor who played Tonto in the “The Lone Ranger,” a television series that ran from 1949 to 1957. This summer, there is renewed interest in Silverheels, after Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto in the big-budget film “Lone Ranger.”

“He would never have been discovered, never have become Tonto, if he hadn’t been in L.A. to play box lacrosse,” said the historian Larry Power, compiler of the Internet archive Bible of Lacrosse.



Playing on the fields at Six Nations, Harry Smith excelled at lacrosse at a time when the game was undergoing a profound change. In 1931, the owners of the N.H.L.’s Montreal and Toronto franchises needed to fill summertime dates at their buildings. Their solution: shrink traditional lacrosse to 7 men a side from 12 and move it indoors to the Forum and to Maple Leaf Gardens. Professional box lacrosse was born, with Smith a player on the Toronto Tecumsehs.

The concept took off, and within a couple of years, arenas, municipal auditoriums and armories across Ontario and New York State were hosting the “fastest game on two feet.” Smith and his colorfully nicknamed brothers and cousins, including Russell (Beef), Sid (Porky) and George (Chubby), starred on teams in Toronto; Buffalo; Rochester; Atlantic City; and Akron, N.Y.

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“Strong Of Heart” Video Profiles Life And Recovery Of Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Player Adam Sargent, Severely Injured After Car Accident In 1997

Strong Of Heart Profiles Of Notre Dame AthleticsWhen Adam Sargent arrived at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 from Brighton High School in Rochester, N.Y., he envisioned not only working with his teammates to achieve success on the lacrosse field but also looking forward to the day when he received his diploma in the shadows of the Golden Dome.

He could not have foreseen how this education would prepare him for the challenges ahead.

Sargent’s life was changed forever 13 years ago. At 8:30 on the morning of May 29, 1997, the 21-year-old senior, who had distinguished himself on a team that qualified for three straight appearances in the NCAA lacrosse tournament, was on his way to nearby Saint Mary’s College to take an exam when he was involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of Notre Dame Avenue and Angela Boulevard. The accident separated Sargent’s neck at the C-7 vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the chest down with somewhat limited use of his arms.

Sargent’s focus soon changed from winning games to learning how to live again.  He not only graduated from Notre Dame with a double major in history and anthropology in 1999, but also matriculated to become a valued member of the University’s Academic Services for Student-Athletes, counseling members of the football, ice hockey and women’s golf teams.

MCLA Lacrosse: Profile Of Coaches And Players From 2013 Michigan State Men’s Lacrosse Team

michigan state men's lacrosseProfile of the 2013 Michigan State Spartans Men’s lacrosse club team. Michigan State experienced a coaching change after making it to Nationals in 2012. This is almost unheard of. Watch as the program reaches new heights after a new attitude is instilled upon the team.

NCAA Lacrosse Profiles: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Senior Defenseman Jason Gonos (Video)

Harvard Men's Lacrosse BannerJason Gonos reflects as his career as a member of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team and tells how challenges from Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, helped to get the best out of the team this year.