UNION, NJ – Four Union High School student athletes have been selected to play in the 24th annual Snapple Bowl, which 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 chosen by their peers. All the proceeds from the game benefit the Lakeview Children's School for Developmental Disabilities in Edison and Children's Specialized Hospital in Union County. Last year's Snapple Bowl raised a single-game record of $50,000 for the two organizations.
Union High School seniors Justin Beckett, Chris Bournes, Bryce Wilson and Al-Tariq Jones will be suiting up for the Union County team this summer.
All 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.
All four Union High players will be capping off noteworthy careers as Farmers in their final high school football game on July 20. Beckett, a wide receiver, is headed to Blair Academy Prep School in the fall. “Justin was a two-year starter for us as quarterback,” said Union High School football coach Louis Grasso. “He was an all-conference pick as a junior and senior.”
Linebacker Bournes will be attending ASA Junior College in New York in the fall. “Chris was a standout defender for us his entire career,” said Grasso. “He had double digit sacks as a senior.”
“Bryce was a team leader for us on defense,” said Grasso of linebacker Wilson, who will be attending Morgan State University next year. “He was one of the team’s leading tacklers.”
Like Bournes, Jones, a running back, will be attending ASA Junior College in the fall. “Al was our leading rusher in 2016,” said Grasso, “including a 275 yard, 4 touchdown performance in a playoff win at Ridge.”
Kickoff for the 24th Snapple Bowl will be at 7 p.m. at Kean University. Tickets for the all-star game are $10.