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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BIG NEWS!!! As it has been mentioned before, the partnership between Casey Powell and Gladiator Lacrosse has flourished immensely. All things considered, we are proud to announce that the new line of Casey Powell products have arrived! With much excitement from everyone surrounding this project, Gladiator Lacrosse is more than ecstatic to have Casey Powell as its brand ambassador.
Powell 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. With Powell joining our team we hope to make a unique and lasting impact in the lacrosse community by offering superior, professional-grade training products to the lacrosse community through a future launch of a Signature Edition Line. “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.
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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