Gladiator Lacrosse was founded in 2013 by then-13-year old seventh-grade entrepreneur and lacrosse player, Rachel Zietz. Like every player wishing to improve his or her game, Rachel’s coaches advised her to play “wall ball” and practice her shot as much as possible. However, the quality of the products she purchased for use in the backyard would not hold up to the weather outdoors and were expensive.
It is through this experience in which Gladiator Lacrosse was born. Rachel saw an opportunity and founded the lacrosse equipment company in hopes to bring better lacrosse products to the market.
Now, Rachel Zietz is 15 years old and is ready to play in the big leagues. Rachel will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” on May 13, where she will pitch her business idea to the world famous Sharks in hopes to partner and take her business to the next level.
In reality, Rachel has already appeared on the show but she has just recently learned that her taped segment will be featured on the show.
“I was very scared and nervous, but I also felt prepared,” Rachel said. “I knew I had a great product.”
Rachel’s father helped her prepare for the moment. Sam Zietz, who is a Boca Raton entrepreneur himself and the founder of TouchSuite, said that he helped his daughter prepare by gathering friends and simulating the Sharks tough rounds of questioning. “I told them, ‘You can’t take it easy on her.’”
Of course, Rachel is not allowed to say whether any Sharks (or possibly more than one shark) gave her an offer for her business partnership, but she was relieved that she “was pretty much able to answer” their questions about her business. She has seen the Sharks humiliate entrepreneurs who are not able to answer basic questions about their businesses.
All of the Sharks “have their own way of looking at things,” she said. “I learned from them as much as the people going on the show.”
Lacrosse is still a new and emerging sport, so it is no wonder that there was an opening in the market. Rachel said that as a lacrosse player, she was unhappy with the quality of lacrosse products and felt that the price was too high for most of the equipment and gear.
Things are only looking up for Rachel. Recently, she partnered with Casey Powell and his signature equipment brand. Casey is a professional player.
Gladiator lacrosse has annual revenues of more than $1 million. The company now has three employees. A photo of the Sharks is already on the homepage of the Gladiator Lacrosse website, and Rachel expects to see a spike in sales once the show aires.
Sam Zietz and his wife Sheila couldn’t be prouder of Rachel. We give her the Boca News stamp of approval. Good luck to you Rachel. Go teach them sharks a lesson!
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Stefun Darts is probably not on your kid’s list of idols alongside Justin Bieber or Kylie Jenner, but he should be. 24-year old Darts, who is a college student and Founder of the non-profit Caring Heart Youth, recently presented his grandparents with a check for $15,000 to pay off their mortgage and fund a Bahamas vacation. He wanted to repay them for the sacrifices they made to raise him.
For the last 6 years, instead of hanging out with friends, Darts worked multiple jobs and saved every penny to fulfil a promise he made to himself in second grade to take care of his grandparents when he became an adult.
What inspires a young adult to forsake the fun of adolescence in exchange for the opportunity to express gratitude? Where does someone like Stefun find the motivation, discipline, compassion, and drive to set and carry out this goal?
While Stefun’s devotion and generosity is profoundly moving, my research has taught me that the underlying traits he exhibits are not unique. On the contrary, the emerging generations of leaders possess specific traits that will equip them well in the 21st century, and provide great promise for us all.
If you are wondering if your child has what it takes to embark on a path of exemplary leadership, here are some clues to help you.
1: They are Socially Conscious/Committed to a Cause.
2: They Take Risks.
3. They Follow Their Passion.
4: They Develop Creative Solutions to Universal Problems.
Vision has always been a hallmark trait of a good leader, and the emerging generation is no exception. They look at the challenges that have impacted their lives, and they want to make a difference. They know how to leverage technology to promote their ideas, connect with customers, and even crowd-fund This generation is incredibly optimistic about their ability to make the world a better place.
Who to watch: 15-year old Rachel Zietz, founder of the million-dollar lacrosse equipment company, Gladiator Lacrosse. Rachel didn’t like the quality, cost, or selection of lacrosse equipment so she started her own company to make better equipment.
These are just a few young adults setting the world on fire.
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On April 6, 2016, the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students will present their business plans before local investors at FAU Tech Runway. This event is from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Eighteen middle and high school students representing 14 businesses and social movements will have five minutes to pitch their plans to prominent business leaders in Palm Beach County. This “Shark Tank” style event will result in student’s receiving capital from Saint Andrew’s School, Florida Blue, the Office Depot Foundation, TouchSuite, Comerica Bank, Bluegreen Vacations, IBM, Flower Power & Light, Publix Super Market Charities and the Research Park at FAU.
The investor panel will include prominent executives from Palm Beach County including: Beth Johnston, Florida Blue; Angela Mastrofrancesco, Comerica Bank; Sam Zietz, TouchSuite; Diane Heard, Bluegreen Vacations; Allen Baum, Boca Bearings; Cathy Meehan, IBM and Andrew Duffell, the Research Park at FAU. Anthony Barber, FAU Board of Trustees, will be the moderator for the event.
“These students represent future innovators and job creators in Florida,” said Jenna Reed, Development Director, Golden Bell and YEA! “For the past six months they have been working on an original product or service, developed a fully functional business model and are now ready to present their ideas to the public. Local business leaders will award them funds to help launch their business which is really exciting.”
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Gladiator Lacrosse, LLC Unveils The Casey Powell Signature Collection, Its Superior Product Line of Practice Equipment
The highly anticipated Casey Powell Product Line maintains the brand’s dedication to producing the highest quality performance practice equipment by combining professional-grade and premium materials.
Gladiator Lacrosse and Casey Powell, currently a major league player for the Florida Launch, announce the successful release of their latest high-caliber product line: The Casey Powell Signature Collection. The all-new Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Goal and Casey Powell Signature Edition Wall Rebounder not only break training barriers for their first-of-its-kind performance and elegant design features, but also draw inspirational cues from the legacy of Casey Powell.
The Casey Powell Signature Collection is designed to fit the needs of today’s elite lacrosse athletes with never before used black-on-black textiles and premium elements, making the collection one of the top performing practice equipment offered today. The Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Rebounder is a durable 4’ x 3’ rebounder designed for beginners-to-advanced players and comes complete with an exclusive Casey Powell Training Guide to help players practice and improve their lacrosse skills. The Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Goal is composed of a premium 6mm braided polyester professional-grade net designed with a sturdy snap-piece frame and a lacing cord made for easy assembly. Both Signature Collection items include a Casey Powell Training Guide to maximize practice sessions with the use of the equipment. “The emphasis for the training guides were to remind players that a conditioned lacrosse athlete obtains skillfulness through dedicated practice sessions,” said Casey Powell. “The handbook is a reflection of my own personal training techniques that have helped my aiming precision and perfected my shots.”
The international lacrosse icon Casey Powell and the CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse wanted to create industry-leading practice equipment that encourages today’s athletes to rethink performance and emphasize the importance of training with durable, professional-grade equipment. “The Casey Powell Collection continues the tradition of setting the benchmark for superior design and performance,” said Rachel Zietz, CEO and Founder of Gladiator Lacrosse. “As a growing brand, Casey Powell and I recognized that lacrosse athletes want and need equipment that is truly an extension of their sophisticated style, without affecting the quality and overall product performance.”
For Gladiator Lacrosse, continuing to set a new standard for performance innovation is one of the results of working alongside brand ambassador Casey Powell. Casey Powell Signature Edition products are revolutionizing the lacrosse market, and players around the world are now able to purchase this exclusive equipment online.
Teenage entrepreneur Rachel Zietz pitched her million-dollar company Gladiator Lacrosse to the millionaires and billionaires of “Shark Tank” nearly a year ago, and she will finally appear on the hit TV show May 13, the South Florida Business Journal has learned.
Zietz’s pitch was filmed in June, but her family was recently notified that she would appear on the 22nd episode of the seventh season of the reality show. There were no guarantees the episode would air, said her fatherSam Zietz, even though his daughter was standing in front of dozens of cameras while she talked about her company to the “Shark Tank” stars.
“We didn’t know for sure she’d be on,” said Sam, who is also CEO of Boca Raton-based TouchSuite. “I told her you’ll never have as much pressure walking into a business meeting as you did today.”
Rachel founded Gladiator Lacrosse in 2012 when she was 13 years old. An avid lacrosse player, she knew she needed better equipment, and would eventually roll out her own line of lacrosse equipment and accessories, including rebounders and practice goals for players to use in their backyards.
“I definitely didn’t think it would be as big as it is,” Rachel said in a 2015 interview with the South Florida Business Journal.
Since launching her company, Rachel has garnered attention from major business news outlets including the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She was also named a finalist for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Entrepreneur Award of young professionals.
This year, Gladiator Lacrosse is projected to reach $2 million in sales, Sam told the Business Journal. Rachel attends high school in Fort Lauderdale.
Gladiator Lacrosse™ is proud to announce that Casey Powell, accomplished lacrosse player, four-time All American and two-time National Player of the year, is now part of the brand’s family.
Gladiator Lacrosse and Casey Powell, currently a major league player for the Florida Launch and one of the most decorated players ever to set foot on a field, celebrated the announcement in Boca Raton, Florida, after many months in the making. The international lacrosse icon and 2014 MVP of Major League Lacrosse will be representing Gladiator Lacrosse as the company’s brand ambassador. Powell’s commitment to the future of lacrosse is evident in his participation in many lacrosse involvements: as a coach for Disney College Spring Training; as the founder of Speed Lacrosse, a modified version of the game; as a player for several pro teams; and as one of the MLL’s top players of all-time. He is also the all-time leading scorer in MLL history and was a World Champion winner with Team U.S.A.
Powell, also founder of the Casey Powell’s World Lacrosse Foundation, has spent decades submerged in his passion for lacrosse and his partnership with Gladiator Lacrosse is no exception. “I am pleased to be part of the Gladiator Lacrosse team. I have always admired quality craftsmanship in products for players and Gladiator Lacrosse offers just that. Plus, I’ve had the privilege of working with someone as talented, young and motivated as Rachel, she is an inspiration,” he explained.
Powell is pursuing a unique and lasting impact alongside Gladiator Lacrosse by offering superior, professional-grade training products to the lacrosse community through a future launch of a Signature Edition Line.
For Gladiator Lacrosse, the choice of working with Casey Powell as brand ambassador extends its long-term commitment to lacrosse players. “We are thrilled to have Casey Powell as a representative of Gladiator Lacrosse; he combines top performance in his sport with elegance and power and he embodies the principles of perseverance through an unwavering commitment to excellence. These are precisely the qualities that we have come to represent in our lacrosse equipment,” said Rachel Zietz, CEO and founder of Gladiator Lacrosse.
Powell earned All-American honors four times (1995-98), including three first-team nods. He was twice the winner of the L.t. Raymond J. Enners Award as the USILA Player of the Year (1997, 1998) and he finished his college career with a then school-record 287 points (158 goals, 129 assists). Powell was also captain of the US Men’s National Team in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, including the US Men’s Indoor National Team (2011, 2015).
Do you know the #1 most important lax training drill?
It’s called wall ball.
If you aren’t playing wall ball, you are missing out BIG TIME. The best lax players in the game, like Paul Rabil, Kyle Harrison, and Rob Pannell play wall ball EVERYDAY.
Just 10 minutes a day will make you an elite passer and catcher.
The only thing is, large brick walls to pass on aren’t always available (insert sad face).
That’s why we recommend a lacrosse rebounder. They are super easy to setup in your backyard and are super portable.
Quality: Medium, should last years
Foldable/Adjustable: Some, see descriptions
These mid-tier lacrosse bounce backs will get the job done. They definitely aren’t has high of quality as the best lacrosse rebounders, but you can answer YES to 4 of the 5 questions above.
Gladiator Lacrosse Rebounder Review
Can Only Buy at Amazon – $129.95
Alright so the Gladiator Lacrosse Rebounder seems to be the best lacrosse rebounder you can get at the lowest cost. Again, just like Predator Sports, we aren’t very familiar with Gladiator Lacrosse. But, you’ll notice that the frame is made of steel, the lacrosse throwback is fully adjustable and foldable, and has a nice big 3 X 4 lax wall. And lastly, all of the reviews across the Internet are positive. If you do decide to buy this lacrosse bounce back, please do come back and leave a comment!
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