St. John's Prep and Xaverian Brothers High School teamed up to raise ALS awareness at Fenway Park on April 21, prior to Boston College's 7th annual ALS Awareness game. All proceeds from the two games benefited the Peter Frates Home Health Initiative, a cause that is close to both high schools and to Boston College. Pete Frates, a 2003 graduate of St. John’s Prep and 2007 graduate of BC, has been living with ALS for six years. The Beverly native ignited a cultural phenomenon by popularizing the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in the summer of 2014, ultimately raising more than $220 million worldwide in the search for a cure.
ALS has also recently impacted the Xaverian Brothers High School community in a profound way. This past October, Xaverian lost a much beloved alumnus and assistant principal to ALS. Brother Raymond Hoyt, C.F.X. ’70 passed away after a 15-month courageous battle with this disease. The game on April 21 provided an opportunity for Xaverian to recognize his lasting legacy.
“The Xaverian community continues to ‘march on’ in honor of Brother Ray,” said Xaverian Principal Jacob Conca ’94, Ph.D. “It was an honor to help make an impact for those living with ALS by sharing the field with St. John’s Prep," said Principal Jacob Conca ’94, Ph.D. "This was a valuable opportunity for our student-athletes to embrace the call of servant leadership. I am sure Brother Ray would have enjoyed cheering on the boys as they played in jerseys bearing his name and class year."
St. John's Prep players wore jerseys honoring Peter Frates, with "FRATES 03" on the back, while Xaverian players donned "HOYT 70." The day was a resounding success, from the blue skies and sunshine to the nearly 1,100 fans in attendance. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by the guests of honor, members of the Frates and Hoyt families.
“The chance to play at Fenway Park was a huge thrill for our players and fans, but what made this game meaningful was the opportunity for St. John’s and Xaverian to come together in this iconic park to help patients and families who are living with ALS today,” said St. John's Prep Headmaster Edward P. Hardiman, Ph.D.
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