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Football is Back at UHart!
The Blackhawks, a new football club on campus, played their first game against Central Connecticut State University’s club football team at Arute Field in New Britain, Conn., on Saturday, Sept. 21. The team, which plays in the Yankee Collegiate Football Conference, won its season opener against CCSU by a score of 12–7 in front of cheering fans who came to the game on a University "fan bus."
The Blackhawks will play five more games, using Dillon Stadium in Hartford as their home field. Their next game is Sat., Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Dillon Stadium. The Blackhawks will play Eastern Connecticut State University’s club football team. For information on future games, go to www.yankeecollegiate.org/91-2/.
See the Facebook page for the Blackhawks.
How did this come about? Meet Martin Jones Jr. '14 and Leonard Texidor '14.
At the end of the fall semester in 2012, Jones, now president of the club, and Texidor, vice president, decided to bring football back to the University of Hartford. The last time students played club football on campus was in 1983. Beginning in spring semester 2013, the two began completing the necessary paperwork and spreading the word on campus that they were starting a football club. Along with the students came their volunteer coach, Joaquin Williams, and his staff, Tommy Dillion, Martin Jones Sr., Dave Young, and Wayne Zalaski.
The club held several fundraisers, including a dorm storming, and received funds from the Student Government Association. Team members were asked to pay dues to belong to the club to help with expenses. Jones and Texidor also reached out to local businesses and organizations over the summer and are currently affiliated with the Hartford Fire Department’s Latin Society and Woody's and City Steam, both restaurants in downtown Hartford.
It’s not just about the football. The team participated in a backpack drive with the Hartford Fire Department’s Latin Society to benefit the Burns Latino Studies Academy, a middle school in the Hartford Public School system. The team plans to continue its relationship with the kids at the school.