Wave lacrosse ‘Pays it Forward’ at Waterside School


Wave boys’ coach Jeff Brameier shows them how.


Coaches Jeff Brameier and Lisa Lindley recently marked a very special event for Darien High lacrosse, making an indelible play that made plain their commitment to give back this season.

Wave lax visited the Waterside School in Stamford, and created an experience that the kids there will not soon forget.

The Waterside School is a private school determined to change the “education playing field.”


Lisa Lindley instructs the kids at Waterside with her players by her side.

For working class families, the struggles begin early, the obstacles are significant, and over time the gaps in academic achievement widens wider than a lacrosse field.

And that’s where Waterside is making a difference.

The Waterside School’s mission is to “empower its students with the knowledge, skills and virtues required to enable them to excel as students, to gain access to superior academic opportunities, and to go forward to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

It’s the mission. It’s what they do.


Standout-help doesn’t come any more standout than with No 9 Emily Stein.

Jamel Keels, Waterside Assistant Head of School, kicked off the two sessions.

Boys veteran coach Brameier and girls’ vet coach Lindley, and DHS standouts from this year’s team, not only put smiles on the kids’ faces with their lacrosse instruction but also stressed the importance of balance. Working hard in school and keeping education the number one priority in their lives is most important, they stressed.


The whole group marks the moment at Waterside, with coach Jeff Brameier at right.

“Thanks to Lisa Lindley, Jeff Brameier and their lacrosse athletes, our kids had an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Keels. “To spend time with some of the brightest, caring and accomplished high school athletes in the country is wonderful.

“It was a very special day for the children of Waterside and hope we can do more in the future with amazing young leaders from Darien High School.”

Planning is underway to have the Waterside kids attend a game and hopefully practice with the varsity teams this spring.

“It was a great day for all of us at DHS,” Lindley said. “It’s evident that Waterside School is a special place. Giving back is such a powerful and positive thing.”


Wave standouts were there for the kids.

Brameier was clearly energized.

“Clearly the pleasure and joy was mutual,” he said. “We are already thinking about ways to build on this relationship! The DHS players who attended couldn’t be more excited about ‘paying it forward’ to the kids of Waterside.”

When you see the kids from Waterside at a game or on the practice field this season, be sure to say hello to some of our leaders of tomorrow.

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