Top high school football teams will travel to Milton to participate in an inaugural football tournament.

The Freedom Bowl will be during Labor Day weekend at Milton High School.

“The Freedom Bowl brings top-level high school football to one location and provides much more than just football competition,” said Founder David Menard.

Menard is based in South Florida, Mernard and began his business in Broward County.

He described in a preview video that the goal of the Freedom Bowl is “to create a platform to serve our military as they have served us for so many years.”

His focus of the Freedom Bowl is for it “to live longer” than other tournaments.

“I wanted something that these kids could be inspired for, something we could actually give back, do good and positive with. That is really where the Freedom Bowl's mission and though process came from,” said Menard.

“The inaugural event encompasses over 800 players and two hundred coaches to promote high school football and player development,” said a news release.

In addition the bowl will also work on “educating and inspiring participants on character, leadership and teamwork skills on and off the field.”

The Freedom Bowl also aims to raise awareness to not only student athletes, but also coaches, families and fans on “true heroism and to support those who serve and protect our nation.”

Players and attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Marine Corporal Josh Bleill, keynote speaker.

While on a combat patrol in Fallujah, Iraq in 20016, Corporal Bleill’s humvee we struck by an improvised explosive device or IED.

The explosion tore through the vehicle, killing two of his fellow marines and severely injuring Bleill.

He awoke five days later with the news of the loss of his two friends and both of his legs.

Menard is working on “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.”

“I hope that it connects with so many of these young kids, so they can understand what our military means to us,” he said.

He described the bowl as a “small thing we can do to show our appreciation” to those who serve.

The Freedom Bowl is projected to attract not only the players, but parents and football fans alike.

“What an amazing opportunity for these top-ranked high school football teams from all over the country and Canada to travel to Alpharetta to compete in the Freedom Bowl,” said Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Janet Rodgers.

There will be six games played between 12 teams over two days at the school’s field.

The first two games will be on Aug. 31 at 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Milton High School will take on Cardinal Gibbons High School at 8:30 p.m.

The Freedom Bowl brings participating high school teams, by invite only, from Florida, Alabama, New Jersey, even Canada.

Milton and North Gwinnet High Schools will represent Georgia.

Cardinal Gibbons, American Heritage, Stoneman Douglas, Wekiva and Chaminade-Madonna will travel from Florida.

Bob Jones and Muscle Shoals teams are coming from Alabama.

St. Joseph from New Jersey and St. Matthews, Canada.

Freedom Bowl tickets are available in advance or at the gate for $10. Parking is $5.

More information is available at www.thefreedombowl.net.

Milton High School is at 13205 Birmingham Highway.

The Freedom Bowl intends to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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