Snapple Bowl Athletes Visit Children’s Specialized Hospital

July 20, 2017

On July 17th, 2017, football players and cheerleaders from Union County, NJ, visited patients from Children’s Specialized Hospital as part of the game-week festivities before the 2017 Snapple Bowl on Thursday July 20th.  

The football players, cheerleaders, and coaches spent the day on the Long Term Care unit of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ playing games and crafting with patients. They enjoyed spending time with patients at the bubble station, a photo booth, a temporary tattoo station, a door knob hanger decorating station as well as a foam visor decorating station.

Joffre Suarez, often referred to as the ‘mayor’ of the Long Term Care unit, spent the day challenging the strong, tough, all- star football players to arm wrestling and thumb wrestling competitions. “He beat everyone,” said Roselle High School’s Drew Stephens. The players also manned a station in which the patients could knock over standing weights for points, another station in which Joffre outshined the athletes.

Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Long Term Care unit is home to children from birth to 21 years of age facing complex health challenges. These children require around the clock specialty care that they could not otherwise receive at home.  Having the Union County team visit each year always puts a smile on all of their faces.

“We love having the Union football players and cheerleaders visit our kids because it gives the team an opportunity to see first-hand the impact that this game and their fundraising efforts have on our kids,” said Alexis D’Anton, community engagement coordinator at Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. “Our kids look forward to this event and even hang up the decorations that are made so that on the day of the Snapple Bowl game, the kids are with the team in spirit.”

The Snapple Bowl XXIV is an annual all-star football game between the graduated athletes of Middlesex county and Union County. All proceeds from the game, which has raised nearly $600,000 since its inception in 1994, will benefit the Edison-based Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit; Facebook:; Twitter:; YouTube:; LinkedIn:'s-specialized-hospital.