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Inaugural Freedom Bowl set for Labor Day Weekend

High School Football Tournament to Showcase 12 Top Teams

CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 4, 2018) – Officials from Airo Nation and Spire Sports + Entertainment are pleased to announce the inaugural Freedom Bowl – an invitation-only high school football showcase featuring 12 highly acclaimed teams, slated to be played Labor Day Weekend at Milton High School in Milton, Ga.

The Freedom Bowl brings together a dozen high profile programs from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Canada to compete in six games over three days in the heart of Atlanta’s championship-laden high school football powerhouses.

The weekend’s games will consist of six marquee matchups with the winner of each game earning a coveted Freedom Bowl Championship trophy

“The Freedom Bowl brings top level high school football to one location and provides much more than just football competition,” said David Menard, Founder and President of Airo Nation. “Utilizing this amazing platform will also inspire and educate our youth about what the men and women of our armed forces sacrifice to protect our freedom.”

The Freedom Bowl platform aims to raise awareness for veterans with proceeds from the event benefiting wounded service men, women and their families. Likewise, the three-day event will educate and inspire participants on character, leadership and teamwork skills on and off the field.

Coaches and athletes will be afforded the opportunity to visit with former and current members of the U.S. Military who either currently serve or have served in leadership roles. Meanwhile, participants will have the chance to interact with both active and former service members who have been wounded while serving America in harm’s way.


The Milton High School football program is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent history, rapidly cementing the program as one of the major contenders in Georgia’s highest classification each year. Much of that success can be attributed to the culture and direction of the team, led by head coach Adam Clack, who joined the team in 2017. Clack set a clear expectation that Milton Football would center on the principle of building men of integrity.

While making a statement in the community, the Milton Eagles have added to the trophy case with a region championship in 2014 and region runner-up finish in 2017. Eagle legends that helped put Milton on the map include Auburn University standouts Peyton Barber, current running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carl Lawson, outside linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The pedigree established at Milton has continued with current players like Joe Charleston, a junior safety committed to Clemson University, and Paul Tchio, currently ranked as the top offensive guard in the state for the 2020 class. The talent doesn’t stop there with many Mid-Major to Power-5 offers for players like quarterback Jordan Yates and outside linebacker Allen Walker. Milton’s 2017 season was chock full of excitement as the Eagles posted a 9-3 record and defeated six eventual playoff teams, all in Georgia’s highest classification (7A), a division which Max Preps ranked as one of the five most competitive divisions in all of high school football.

“Hosting the Freedom Bowl at ‘the M’ was an easy decision,” explained Milton High School Athletic Director Gary Sylvestri. “The Freedom Bowl encompasses everything Milton High School stands for – community, integrity and competition. I truly believe this will be the biggest high school football event in the country for years to come. We are blessed to be on the ground floor of this amazing high school bowl game. High school football in the south is where it is at. High school football in Georgia is an experience like no other. The Freedom Bowl at Milton is home!”

About the Freedom Bowl …

The Freedom Bowl brings together 12 of America’s top high school football teams over Labor Day Weekend to compete in six games over three days at Milton High School in Milton, Ga. The inaugural event encompasses over 800 players and two hundred coaches to promote high school football and player development. The Freedom Bowl educates student athletes, coaches, their families and fans on true heroism and to support those who serve and protect our nation.

About Airo Nation …

The core mission at conception for Airo Nation was to provide a regional and national platform for top football players and teams to showcase their skill and ability against other top athletes and teams through the 7-on-7 stage, via leagues and tournaments to national 7-on-7 competitions. Airo Nation has been the leader in providing the best scholastic 7-on-7 events across the country. Airo helped develop the fast and exciting style, creating national standards and programs which Airo has extended into other states. Airo has become the national leader in this exciting world of scholastic 7-on-7 football. For more information about Airo Nation and the Freedom Bowl, please log on to

About Spire Sports + Entertainment …

Based outside of Charlotte, N.C., Spire Sports + Entertainment is bolstered by principled employees with decades of collective experience in brand consulting, celebrity representation and career management, business development, sponsorship placement and program management, event activation, hospitality, media relations, social media support and strategic consulting. Operating below the radar for more than a decade, Spire’s work is unknowingly seen every day with our focus on accomplishment rather than accolades. For more information about Spire Sports + Entertainment, please log on to

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