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De Smet Jesuit High School's principal, Dr. Ron Rebore, and student body president, Stephen Aubuchon, in their Red Sox attire for the wager.

Bottom photo: Boston College High students pass around a collection box for donations to a local charity.

Charities Win When Jesuit High Schools Make World Series Wager

November 21, 2013 — Local charities came out as the winners when two Jesuit high schools placed a friendly World Series wager. Boston College High School and De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis engaged in a friendly rivalry when the Boston Red Sox took on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series last month.

After Boston won the series, De Smet High had to install a banner celebrating the Red Sox’s victory, and De Smet High’s principal and student body president had to wear Red Sox shirts. Meanwhile, Boston College High was rewarded with a basket of St. Louis delicacies from De Smet High.

However, both schools agreed on two “Corresponding Acts of Solidarity” in which each pledged to send an upcoming mission collection to a charitable organization in the opposing city.

Boston College High gathered donations for Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), an instructional sports program that provides athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs in the St. Louis area. De Smet High held its collection for the Jimmy Fund, which supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Both schools conducted their collections on the same day as a symbol of unity.

The wager also dictated that the losing school’s student council had to record a tribute to the winning team. This resulted in De Smet High students singing their rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

Both schools also plan to exchange pennants and display them as a reminder of their collaboration and to represent the solidarity of schools across the Jesuit network. [Sources: Boston College High School, St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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