Friday night's Charlotte Country Day at Charlotte Catholic football game is sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Gates open at 5 p.m.
The teams are arch rivals and annually play for the John Cook Cup, named after a longtime Country Day football coach. This season, the unbeaten teams are also participating in the first Patriotism Bowl to honor U.S. veterans, active military and their families.
There will be several special pregame ceremonies, including a special celebrity coin toss and a Navy flyover. At halftime, Col. Quincy Collins (Carolinas Freedom Foundation), Jane Weaver-Sobel (Operation Homefront of North Carolina), Dale Beatty and John Gallina (Purple Heart Homes) will receive checks on behalf of their respective organizations totaling $30,000.
At the end of the half and after the band performance, a medley of the service fight songs (Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) will be played.
Here is the official press release:
First Annual Patriotism Bowl
High School Football Competition
Benefits Carolinas Freedom Foundation, Purple Heart Homes and Operation Homefront
What: High School football game between Charlotte Catholic and Charlotte Country Day Schools
Benefits three area organizations dedicated to patriotism, veterans, active military and their families
When: Friday, August 31, 2012
Gates open at 5:00pm – Game at 7:30pm
Where: Charlotte Catholic High School Football Stadium
7702 Pineville-Matthews Road
On Friday night, August 31, 2012, Charlotte will witness the start of a new legacy. The first Patriotism Bowl will be played in the stadium of Charlotte Catholic High to benefit three organizations with missions to encourage patriotism, support for our veterans, active military and their families.
This game will celebrate a number of highlights:
1. It is the first NC high school football game with a pregame parachute jump team and Navy flyover.
a. A five man team from Special Forces Parachute Team out of Raleigh, NC will bring in the game ball and game flag, along with trailing smoke.
b. The flyover is supported by Training Wing One, out of Meridian, MS.
2. The National Anthem Singer, NC native and Purple Heart recipient John Hyland, lost a leg as a soldier in Afghanistan. He sang the anthem at the 2010 Coca Cola 600.
3. The Charlotte Catholic High School Stadium is being expanded for this event to accommodate the static military displays and the flights simulators around the stadium.
4. The two teams will be wearing camouflaged jerseys.
5. The Coin Toss Guest will be a special surprise guest.
6. We will have over a dozen military static displays.
7. The game will have between 4000 & 5000 spectators.
This will be an outstanding football game in its own right. These two teams boast outstanding players and coaches:
· The game features Charlotte Catholics junior fullback, Elijah Hood, who rushed for almost 1900 yards as a sophomore last year and is being recruited by Alabama and Notre Dame and Charlotte Catholic’s Head coach, Jim Oddo, who has coached for five decades (since 1978), has over 330 wins and is one of the winningest coaches in North Carolina. Only five NC coaches have ever won 300 or more games.
· Charlotte Catholic HS will play Charlotte Country Day HS for the 52nd meeting of the Cook Cup.