Carolina Select Lacrosse
8026 Weddington Downs Drive
Matthews, NC 28104
To whom it may concern:
I am writing this letter as a recommendation for Steve Schattner who has been both a personal friend and an integral part of the growth of lacrosse in the Charlotte area. I have known Steve for over 18 years since we competed as rivals on the lacrosse field, he at UNC and me at Duke. Our relationship continued as he started lacrosse leagues, camps and clinics in South Charlotte in the late 90’s.Steve started The Lacrosse Company, then the only lacrosse specialty store in the Southeast. Many of today’s lacrosse programs started as a result of Steve’s financial and advisory contributions including many hours of consultation on program development, coach recruitment and overall planning. Steve and I have spent even more time together in the past two years as a result of my founding of the Carolina Select Lacrosse (CSL) program in South Charlotte and Union County. Since our inception in Jan 2010, over 1000 different boys and girls from K-HS have participated in CSL programs. In the Summer,11 Carolina Select Teams (Boys and Girls) travel both regionally and nationally to tournaments and team recruiting camps. Our CSL teams have developed a partnership with Steve’s Top Tier Travel program and will attend many of the same events throughout the year. Both of our travel programs are for experienced players that wish to take their lacrosse skills to a higher level and participate in a competitive off-season program. For the most serious lacrosse players in our area, Steve and I decided to form 2-3 combined Top Tier/CSL teams to travel to some of the nation’s most elite tournaments providing exposure to college recruiters for each of our programs best players.
In the Fall we offer CSL Fall InstructionalClinics which bring high quality coaching to boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Steve and I have discussed working together on a similar program in North Charlotte. In Dec-Feb, u11 thru HS Boys in South Charlotte participate in the CSL Indoor Lacrosse League which partners up with Steve’s Top Tier Indoor Lacrosse League designed for players in North Charlotte. Steve began offering indoor lacrosse years ago and now our two programs provide access to the only indoor lacrosse complexes in the area.
The Spring of 2011 saw the first ever CSL Spring Recreational Lacrosse Program bringing a high level of instruction and player development to k-8 boys and girls of all skill levels. The Spring program is critically important because it builds a foundation for the sport that is necessary to ensure kids are learning the sport the right way. I know that Steve shares our philosophy of ”player development” and he has a proven ability to build a solid core of coaches that are role models who do not gauge success merely by wins and losses. The CSL and Top Tier philosophy not only teaches advanced individual and team skills, but more importantly instills discipline, leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork. Steve has shared his vision to provide a similar Spring Recreational program to players in his area and I think he is the best person to accomplish this.
Steve and I have agreed to continue our partnership in developing young men and women in North and South Charlotte. We will continue to partner in our creation of travel teams to provide exposure to the higher level players in addition to our recreation leagues and programs to develop players of all skill levels. I cannot think of a better person to select for a partnership to develop lacrosse players. Steve has the knowledge, direction, experience and passion to continue to help grow the sport of lacrosse as he has since he moved to Charlotte in 1996. The town will benefit greatly from the CSL-Top Tier partnership as we can provide multiple methods to develop players of every skill level.
I would be happy to talk with you further if you should have any questions.
Director, Carolina Select Lacrosse