"It's just a matter of time before it becomes more popular in the inner city."
Mike Nazzaro says lacrosse is catching on in Stamford.
"The past two or three years it's really picked up," says Nazzaro. "Lacrosse is on TV now; you have a lot of these players who are going to showcase tournaments and getting looked at by high Division I schools."
But Nazzaro says Stamford still has a long way to go. The lacrosse coach says the City's programs, such as Stamford High's 9-year-old program, are fairly new compared to surrounding towns.
"Darien, New Cannan, Wilton, Greenwich, all those towns have 20 plus years, 30 plus years," says Nazzaro. "They have very old, traditional programs."
To build an interest for the sport, Nazzaro decided to start lacrosse clinics in the city.
"If you get players that start from when they're 7, 8, 9-years-old; by the time they get to high school it will just up the level everywhere else and really increase the level of play in the City and the entire FCIAC."
This week Nazzaro is running his first youth summer lacrosse clinic in Stamford. On Tuesday, the players were mentored by a former Darien High School player and college freshmen MVP.
"I just love to see and be a part of a grassroots movement that hopefully 10 years, 15 years down the road, I can look back and see how this program has grown," says Case Matheis.
"The game taught me never to give up. Scores don't count, just try your best and something good will come out of it," says 10-year-old Jack.
"They try to teach us along with the game how to respect other teams, and their players, and their coaches," says 11-year-old Kyle.
Nazzaro says, "I really just want to see the youth community and as many kids getting involved as they can by signing up for whatever programs are in the area, just being in Stamford and embedding it into this community."
To find some lacrosse clinics in the area, visit ctcitylax.com