‘Basil Bowl’ to bring communities together

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Basil BowlLike all priestly orders, the Basilian Fathers are a very closely knit community.

The Basilians of St. Thomas have great friends within the order, not just here in Houston, but elsewhere, especially Toronto and Detroit.

The Basilians of St. Thomas, St. Michael’s in Toronto and Catholic Central in Detroit agree that the students of the Basilian high schools in North America should have the opportunity to form similar relationships.

“In the last two years, the three Basilian schools have received new Presidents, all of whom are classmates and friends with each other. It was the desire of Fathers [Catholic Central President Rev. John] Huber, [St. Thomas President Rev. Kevin] Storey and [St. Michael’s President Rev. Jeff] Thompson to work toward greater interaction between our three brother schools and to help students in each understand that they belong to a larger Basilian family.”

-Principal Fr. Patrick Fulton, CSB

One of the best ways to form relationships between teenage boys is through sports.

This has lead to the creation of the Basil Bowl, a plan to promote friendship between the students of the three Basilian high schools through the use of sports. This game is the first in what will most likely be many match ups between St. Thomas and St. Michael’s, and not just in football.

St. Michael’s has been scheduled to come down to Houston to play in the St. Thomas basketball tournament, and as a part of the football series, will face off against the Eagles in Granger Stadium next season.

“I’m excited to make the trip up to Toronto,” senior kicker Jack Brady said. “It will be a good opportunity to experience a different culture, as well as form a connection with students from another Basilian high school.”

As for the challenge of playing in a brutally cold and windy Canadian environment, Brady has no doubt that the Eagles will be up to the task. “Great teams can play in any type of weather, and we are a great team,” Brady said. “As for myself, weather is of no consequence. If the ball is on the ground, and I have uprights to kick through, it’s going to be three points every time.”

Though it is fun to test our athletics against the athletics of another Basilian high school, these games go beyond that. These games are the first step on a road that leads to an increase in understanding and friendship between us here at St. Thomas and our brothers in Detroit and Toronto.

“We would also like to experience these exchanges not only in athletics, but in other areas as well, such as the arts, music, and quiz bowl,” Rev. Jeff Thompson, CSB, of St. Michael’s said. “So, there are lots of plans, dreams and excitement for continued interaction between the three brother Basilian high schools.”

This continued interaction will certainly be a positive for all who are involved.

“The more we can do together the stronger a sense of Basilian identity and education will be forged in all our schools,” Fulton said. “And with this, a deeper sense of ‘family’ our students will have when they travel elsewhere.”

The team will fly Southwest Airlines to Chicago, then take a connecting flight from Chicago to Buffalo. From Buffalo, the Eagles will take a bus to Toronto. The team will be staying in the Mariott Hotel in Toronto’s Eaton Center.

Like true Torontians, the team will take a subway to the stadium, which is five stops away from the hotel. On the return trip, they will be treated with a trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which, according to Fulton, is “significantly more beautiful than the American side.” Toronto is the largest city in Canada and capital of the province of Ontario.

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