TODAY | December 01, 2012
>>> in new hampshire, a group of kids who might not normally know much about lacrosse are learning a whole lot about the game thanks to one man's generosity. ron mott has more.
>> reporter: michael garrett spent his fall pushing a sport these youngsters hardly know. he started inner city lacrosse for kids just like coby spence.
>> i couldn't believe my ears when my mom told me you want to join lacrosse? i was like what?
>> a lot of people can't afford to participate in extracurricular activities. sometimes you find yourself in that predicament.
>> lacrosse, a lot of people think of it as an elite sport.
>> it is. but let's change that.
>> reporter: growing up in the shadows of an ivy league tower like yale university fueled a burning desire to overcome.
>> i grew up in the section where they told the yale students not to go.
>> reporter: single mom , youngest of six who jumped at the chance to get ahead.
>> when i walked on yale 's campus as a little boy going for enrichment classes, i felt so important. i felt smart. and so i want to introduce that element.
>> reporter: so he convinced equipment makers to give him free gear and persuaded coaches from yale and his alma mater , trinity college in hartford, to share their love of the game and academics with kids like him in need of an opportunity.
>> the excitement you have here on this field for this game is the same excitement you need to have at school.
>> reporter: michael's journey has taken him here, just a few hours drive from his connecticut roots but a world away to one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, the phillips exiter academy. he helps find some of the best and brightest young minds across the world and hopes he's discovered even more out here.
>> that's what i want for the inner city kids, that they can have this imagination. that yes, you belong.
>> reporter: a message heard loud and clear.
>> so cool. my dream is to go to yale .
>> reporter: on a new field of dreams . ron mott, nbc news, exiter, new hampshire.