UNION, NJ – The rivalry between Burnet and Kawameeh Middle School alumni heated up once again on Saturday afternoon. The 4th Annual Burnet/Kawameeh Softball Rumble was held at Biertuempfel Park with Burnet and Kawameeh grads prepared to play hard and win the trophy for their alma mater.
“This is the 4th game we’ve organized between Burnet and Kawameeh,” said event organizer Bill Scheiner. Burnet won the first game and Kawameeh won the next two. "It’s time for Burnet to win again.”
Scheiner, a Burnet graduate, said the event began as a result of a discussion he had with a friend who attended Kawameeh about which school was better. “We thought about having a football game to hash it out,” said Scheiner, “but since a lot of us are over 50, we decided on softball.”
All of the funds raised by the event, via a 50/50 and individual donations, are donated to the Township of Union Education Foundation. Teachers in both schools can apply for grants and receive funds for projects for their classrooms.
“These funds are earmarked for Kawameeh and Burnet Schools,” said Education Foundation President Sue Lipstein. “We encourage teachers from both schools to apply for a grant.”
Kawameeh grads pulled off a big win again this year, winning with a 20-7 victory over Burnet. “We raised money for Union schools, and as always, had a great time,” said Scheiner. “Congrats to Kawameeh. They won for the third year in a row. If we have to lose, I guess it's ok to lose to fellow Unionites. Looking forward to next year’s game.”