Belen Jesuit Varsity Football Team to Play in Ireland

Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
The Belen Jesuit varsity football team will play a 2016 regular season game in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, September 2, 2016. The team will play Marist School from Atlanta, Georgia at 12 noon EST.
Belen Jesuit is traveling overseas to participate in the tournament that is an official event of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, which will be played at the Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin the following day, September 3, when Georgia Tech takes on Boston College. 
The traveling teams will participate in a traditional American Pep Rally and Parade in Ireland’s capital, while also undertaking educational tours during their stay to prepare for the Dublin Friday Night Lights matches.  In expanding established Irish-American relations, as many as 3,000 travelers associated with the high school games are expected to visit Dublin.
The entire Belen Jesuit community is really looking forward to our trip to Dublin,” said Belen Jesuit Head Coach Rich Stuart.  “High school football is an extension of the classroom and there is no better way for our student athletes to learn and experience another culture.  Playing, sightseeing, doing a community service project and mixing with the wonderful people of Ireland will create memories for our students that will last a lifetime.”
Media Note:  Interviews with Coach Stuart, athletes, and parents can be coordinated as well as b-roll of the team at practice – please call Teresa Martinez at 786.621.4173 or email to schedule. The team will also be available to speak to the media from the airport on Sunday, August 28. For details please contact Mrs. Martinez. Daily pictures and video from Ireland will be available to the media.
The American Football Showcase in Dublin will be webcast live from Donnybrook Stadium in Ireland on Friday, September 2 on the NFHS Network. All three games will be available online to sports fans worldwide at for a subscription of $9.95.
The action begins early for American viewers with the opening game between reigning Georgia Class AAA State Champion Westminster School and Community School of Naples from Florida kicking off at 6am US ET. Blessed Trinity faces St Peter's Prep from New Jersey at 9am US ET and then the Marist School takes on Belen Jesuit from Miami 12 noon US ET.
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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.