On September 21, 1933 The Italian Center of Stamford, Inc. was chartered by the State of Connecticut. From it’s origin as the Italian Social Institute, founded in 1909, to its present day location on Newfield Avenue, the Italian Center has always been an integral part of the Stamford community.
Situated on 28 acres in a country club setting, today’s Center is truly one of a kind. Its year-round fitness and recreation facilities currently serve more than 1,300 families representing over 4,900 members. Club Amenities include a six-lane indoor pool and spa, a full size gymnasium, fitness center, four outdoor pools, snack bar, 6 Har-Tru tennis courts, 4 illuminated tennis courts for night play, 3 platform tennis courts, its own miniature golf course and a large playground area. Very affordable membership rates are subsidized by the income generated from our catering business.
Members can choose from a large variety of health and fitness programs for both children and adults including private or group swimming lessons, tennis teams and clinics, the Orcas swim team or just hanging by the pool while your young ones play a round of miniature golf with their friends.
On the educational front, the center is home to a fully licensed preschool, which serves 3 and 4 year-old preschoolers. A balance of educational and physical development is provided during the traditional September to June school year. During the summer the IC Day Camp program is typically booming with upwards of 300 children participating in the 2, 4, 6 and 8-week summer sessions. Italian language classes for young children and Italian cooking classes for adults are offered as demanded. Also, we provide annual scholarships to graduating seniors from our two public high schools for proficiency in the study of the Italian language.
The Italian Center of Stamford is committed to serving our local community. For over 40 years we have hosted free senior luncheons on the first Tuesday of each month, which represents over 2000 persons served on an annual basis. Our recreational and catering facilities have been used to host blood drives, swim sessions for local Boy Scout troops earning their swim badges and fundraisers for schools, churches and many other non-profit organizations in Fairfield County. The Center serves as the main host for many of the Italian cultural activities offered to both our members and the general public during the month of October including wine and food tastings.
In addition, we annually donate food and services and, whenever possible, make monetary contributions to several local social service agencies such as the Connecticut Food Bank, the Shelter for the Homeless, the New Covenant House, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. During the summer we award financial aid scholarships to a limited number of children in need of assistance who wish to attend out Italian Center Day Camp program.
Our support of Stamford youth athletic programs is also one that we are proud of. Some of the many programs we sponsor include the North Stamford Little League, Stamford Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball leagues, American Legion Baseball and the Stamford Youth Football Foundation. At various times in the past we have offered the use of our facilities to a boys hockey team and a girls soccer team from Sweden, to baseball teams from California, Texas and Alabama, and as far away as Italy. One of the local Cub Scout troops holds their annual bonfire on our rear picnic grounds as a rite of passage for their young scouts.
The Italian Center Banquet and Conference Facility has long been the choice of both the private and corporate sectors because of its dedication to personalized service, its affordability and the long standing reputation of its excellent cuisine. From weddings and private parties to fundraisers, corporate events and picnics the Italian Center Banquet and Conference Facility is one of Fairfield County’s best-kept secrets.
So start today to find out more about The Italian Center of Stamford. We have something for everyone…it’s fun for the whole family!