Union, NJ – Union High School’s boys and girls varsity basketball season kicked off with the 3rd Annual St. Jude Classic, raising almost $7,000 to St. Judge’s Children’s Research Hospital.

During the Classic, held on Friday, Dec. 15, the Lady Farmers were defeated by the Patrick School, 71 to 31. The boys’ team had a matchup against rival Elizabeth that led to a three-point basket at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The Farmers were defeated by the Minutemen with an overtime score of 67 - 63. The third game featured Linden against Westfield. That game finished with a score of Linden 67, Westfield 32.

All money raised during the event was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ticket sales, a faculty dress down, T-shirt sales, donations, and concessions all contributed to the total donation. 2K Printing and Promotions of Roselle Park donated and discounted T-shirts.

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Padonno’s, Cioffi’s, and Glendale Pizzeria donated pizza; the Huck Finn Diner donated wraps; Winstop donated boneless wings; Tito’s Burritos of Summit and Chipotle of Union donated burritos and chips; Applebess of Union and Chevy’s of Linden donated chicken fingers, French fries, wraps, and quesadillas; and Chick-fil-A donated chicken sandwiches.

Over 300 people attended the event, where 200 T-shirts were sold. Through Union High School’s Athletic Director, Linda Ionta, basketball coach Kevin Feeley, cheerleading coaches Cheryl Fiske, Dana Bobertz, Christina Korinis, and Jamie Navarette, and the basketball and cheerleading teams, a grand total of almost $7,000 was donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

“All of the money went straight to St Jude’s,” said 12th grader Marvellous Akingbala.  “Money wasn’t kept for us at all. Even the players bought T-shirts. It was amazing to see all of that money given to a program like that. It was a fun experience being my last year in high school to have so many people come out and see the game and be a part of the St Jude Classic. Thank you to family and friends who came to the event. It was an amazing night.”

“The event was a success from start to finish,” said cheerleading coach Fiske.  “The event couldn’t have been successful without Coach Kevin Feeley of the boys’ basketball program, my other cheerleading coaches, and the UHS cheerleaders. I can’t believe we have a three-year total of over $21,000 donated. We raised a lot of money for a great cause and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better St. Jude Classic next year.”