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High School Rivals Use Football Game to Help Hurricane Victims

De Smet Jesuit and St. Louis University High School may be rivals on the football field, but they are brothers in the Jesuit tradition. 

They share the motto “Men for Others” not only with each other, but with other Jesuit schools, including two in Houston, Texas, which were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory both have families suffering in the wake of the historic storm.

De Smet Jesuit and St. Louis University High School just happened to be scheduled to compete in football on Friday, September 8, the first Friday since Hurricane Harvey hit. So, they decided to team up to help their brothers and sisters in Houston. Here's their schedule for Friday: 

5 PM: Recognizing that the most important thing anyone can do for those in need is pray, there will be a short prayer service in Boian Chapel at DeSmet Jesuit with song, readings and petitions.

5 PM to 7 PM: Joint tailgate in the parking lot of De Smet Jesuit. Both schools will be cooking and selling food, with a portion of the proceeds going to families of the Jesuit schools in Houston. 

6:50 PM: Prayer before game will be offered by Chris Farrell, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic and current faculty member at De Smet Jesuit. He know firsthand how disruptive a hurricane can be; he spent a semester of his high school career at DSJ when his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

7 PM: Kickoff for the football game between De Smet Jesuit and SLUH. A portion of the money from ticket sales will go toward hurricane relief at the two Jesuit schools in Houston.          

If you would like to donate to help the families of the two Jesuit schools in Houston, choose one of the links below: 

Donate to Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory

Donate to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory





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