Exemplary service contributor to growth of DC area lacrosse, dedicated coach of youth and high school teams, visionary founder//president of Winners Lacrosse, Alfred University graduate, enthusiastic post-collegiate player for Alexandria and Georgetown clubs, committed activist with inner city Bridge Lacrosse program for U.S. Lacrosse
Once in a great while, someone comes along with a somewhat different vision and the personal drive to make a difference. Bruce Baschuk is one such firestarter for the sport of lacrosse in the metro DC area.
Bruce took up the sport as a senior in high school at Trinity Pawling in New York and has stayed with it ever since – picking up the game during summers, running midfield on the varsity at Alfred University, and competing in club ball for the Georgetown and Alexandria clubs in the DC area. When his playing days came to an end, Bruce served as an assistant coach at Gonzaga for three years, before starting and coaching a youth team within the MYLA league.
In 2000, Bruce undertook an effort that no one had ever attempted before: he organized varsity program at Archbishop Carroll High School in the District, where he went on to coach from 2000 to 2005. It was the first lacrosse team ever fielded at this small Catholic high school in northeast DC, whose 700 students are almost all African-American. At the same time, he made a signature contribution to area lacrosse by establishing a non-profit organization called WINNERS Lacrosse. Its objective was to bring the game to boys and girls in the urban core through clinics and team play and to mentor these youths through the sport of lacrosse. He recruited numerous other volunteers to join him as he guided the organization during its first five years of existence. He continues to serve on its board of directors today.
In addition to his years of lacrosse service on the local level, Bruce co-founded the BRIDGE Lacrosse program, which brought similar programs to WINNERS together from around the country under the US Lacrosse banner and served as their representative on the US Lacrosse Youth Council for 3 years.
Bruce has been active in the Washington metropolitan area’s dynamic real estate market for more than 25 years. He is founder and chairman of the J Street Companies, a full-service commercial real estate enterprise, which includes development, brokerage, property management, and residential sales. Over the years, Bruce has been particularly active in inner city community development.
Bruce’s family has shared his passion for the game of lacrosse as well. He and his wife, Kate, reside in Chevy Chase, where they have raised their four children, Bryce, Brittany, Sean, Caitlyn, lacrosse players all.