UNION, NJ - The 24th annual Snapple Bowl will kickoff on Thursday, July 20 at Kean University. The charity bowl game features high school all-star football players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union Counties. The participants are typically graduating seniors and are all chosen by their peers. All the proceeds from the game go to benefit the Lakeview Children's School for Developmental Disabilities in Edison and the Children's Specialized Hospital in Union County. Last year's Snapple Bowl raised a single-game record of $50,000 for the two organizations.
Spotswood High School seniors Ryan Szatkowski and Jack Keenan will be suiting up for the Middlesex County team this summer. Middlesex claimed last July's matchup, 33-13, and holds a 14-8 edge over Union County in the series.
All the participants in the Snapple Bowl must be willing to commit to the summertime practice schedule for the event in addition to the public appearances that include a press conference, banquet and a visit to the Lakeview School.
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Both Szatkowski and Keenan will be capping off noteworthy careers as Chargers in their final high school football game on July 20. Szatkowski will be heading to Castleton State University in Castleton, Vermont in the fall.
"Ryan and Jack have been a major factor in the success of our program over the last three years," Assistant Spotswood High School Football Coach Daniel Krainski said in a recent interview. "They have been apart of three division championship teams and have helped instill an expectation to win and succeed. Through all the success, they have still managed to keep a laid back atmosphere and always seem to have fun while playing. They are an excellent representation of us for this All-Star game."
Szatkowski and Keenan showed adaptability on the field as well as leadership on and off the field for their fellow Chargers during their time in the football program.
"Besides the obvious growth in size throughout the years, they were elected this season as captains," Krainski explained when asked how the players have developed during their tenure as Chargers. "This honor was voted by their teammates and shows their ability to lead either vocally or through their play. They have also grown in their games and have become very versatile. Ryan punted, kicked off, kicked field goals, ran the ball, returned kicks, blocked and caught balls for the Chargers. He also made a selfless move by moving positions on defense from corner to safety this season and led the team in tackles. Jack has really become an excellent running back over the last two seasons. As well as his vision and ability to finish runs, Jack is an outstanding blocker. As the year progressed, Jack was utilized as both a runner and pass catcher and help lead the team in receptions. Jack also loved playing defense and while on the field, made an immediate impact. Both gentlemen will be missed next season."
Szatkowski and Keenan will be introduced along with the rest of the Middlesex and Union County roster at a press conference on Monday, May 15 at North Brunswick High School. Practices for the Middlesex County squad will begin on July 10 and will be held at Colonia High School. The Union County team will practice at Union High School.
The pair will visit the Lakeview School in Edison on Monday, July 17. The school is a part of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities and offers programs for children from ages three through 21. Their Snapple Bowl experience, leading up to the game will culminate with a banquet at The Pines in Edison on Wednesday, July 19.
Kickoff for the 24th Snapple Bowl will be at 7 p.m. at Kean University. Tickets for the all-star game are $10 and can be purchased at the practice sites in Colonia and Union on the days when the teams are on the field. The Middlesex County Team will be practicing at Colonia High School on July 10, July 11, July 12 and July 13 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Tickets will also be available at the gate on game day. In addition, tickets can be pre-ordered by mail by sending a check payable to The Snapple Bowl to 87 New Street, South River, NJ, 08882 or by telephoning 732-763-1302. If requesting tickets by mail or telephone, be sure to have orders in at least one week prior to kickoff.
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