Collision on the Gridiron

Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
On Friday, September 9, 2022, two Jesuit schools will collide on the gridiron on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on the campus of Fairfield University. Coach Don Chaney, Sr. will lead his experienced and talented Wolverines from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami to Connecticut where Coach Keith Hellstern will have his 2021 state runner-up Jesuits from Fairfield Prep ready to play. 

“This is a great opportunity not just for both school communities, but, more importantly, for the student-athletes,” said Belen Jesuit President Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. “It isn’t every day our young men get the opportunity to share in the spirit of competition with another Jesuit school seeing as we are the only Jesuit school south of Tampa. It’s not only going to be an exciting match-up but an extraordinary experience.”

Interstate matchups of this kind are rare, but the schools coordinated the game because of their shared mission. This historic football game will be the first of its kind for each of the schools.
“We are thrilled to welcome our Belen brothers and their families to Fairfield for this historic football event. Beyond the thrill of the game itself, we are gratified to continue our decades of collaboration with the Belen community of Miami. While the boys will be competitors on the field, they are brothers for life in our shared Jesuit mission to become loving men for others who serve a needy world. Hail Prep and Go Wolverines,” said Fairfield Prep President Christian J. Cashman.
“It's an honor for two prestigious Jesuit high school programs to compete, pray together, and share in brotherhood,” said Belen Jesuit Head Football Coach Don Chaney, Sr. “We are grateful to share this opportunity with Fairfield Prep and look forward to the game.”

A weekend of festivities is planned for the historic matchup between the two very successful programs. The Belen community will certainly be represented in the stands and, as expected, the Fairfield Prep dedicated student section, parents, alumni, and community will be out in full force to add to the atmosphere. Here at home, a special watch party is being planned at de la Cruz Stadium to watch the game on the new scoreboard that will be installed in August. More details to come. For now, Wolverine fans are encouraged to come out and watch the Spring Football game on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The entrance fee is $10 and all will go towards the team’s trip to Connecticut.
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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.