Bruce E. Buskard
9916 Warwickshire Lane
Charlotte, NC 28270
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter as a reference for Mr. Steven Schattner. I have known Steve for approximately 12 years first as a coach, then as the organizer of summer leagues, then as a business owner and now as a business partner. I have been involved in the Charlotte lacrosse community for 13 years as an official and have had many experiences with recreation organizations fielding lacrosse teams in the area. I have always been impressed with Steve and his organizational abilities as compared to other organizations and have worked successfully with Steve in the past and expect to in the future.
Lacrosse organizations in the Charlotte area generally fall into 2 categories; those who want to make money and those who care about teaching the game to children the way it should be taught. Steve Schattner and his programs fall into the latter category and by doing so, become models for other organizations to follow. Coupled with his organizational and leadership skills, Steve’s programs will continue to have success in developing young lacrosse players.
Part of the success Steve has had is because he understands the need to develop character in young people as well as skills. Discipline in doing things the right way and demanding commitment from young people are hallmarks of Steve’s programs. From my perspective as the Local Assigning Authority for Lacrosse Officials, I always know that respect will be given to any official I assign to his games by both coaches and players in his organizations.
Another part of the success Steve has had is because of his experiences growing up in upstate NY, one of the traditional hotbeds of lacrosse. The high school program he played in at nationally-recognized West Genesee High School in Syracuse, NY provided many of the experiences that Steve uses to run his organizations today. As a scholarship player and National Champion at UNC Chapel Hill, Steve understands what premier athletes need to do to succeed.
In my experience in lacrosse, first as a player in high school and at Syracuse University, then as a youth coach on my native Long Island, NY and now as an Official certified for NCAA and all scholastic levels, I know Steve to be one of the very best people in the area. His desire to help the sport grow “the right way” far exceeds all other programs in the area. I continue to look forward to working with Steve in many capacities and truly believe that he would be a great asset to any organization looking to have a premier lacrosse organization.
Please feel free to contact me using the above information for any further follow up.