Carolinas Freedom Foundation is now the Guinness World Records Title Holder for most sporting event flyovers in a single flight path for the 2018 Patriotism Bowl high school football game played in Charlotte, NC.
In celebration of the Patriotism Bowl and Marine Week, the Marines proposed a flyover of that game as well as 6 others for an unprecedented total of 7 flyovers in a single run. Most flyovers occur at one event, but this was unique in the fact that it covered 7 separate venues during the run.
Flyovers are a staple of the national anthem at the NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series games, college football bowl games, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game but this was unique in the number of games that were included in the flyover as well as the length of the flight path for the flyover.
The September 7, 2018 scheduled games and times involved in the flyover were:
- Ardrey Kell High School (vs Charlotte Catholic) – Overhead 6:37 PM
- Porter Ridge High School (vs Sun Valley) – Overhead 6:44
- Butler High School (vs Richmond) – Overhead 6:49
- East Meck High School (vs Weddington) – Overhead 6:53
- Mallard Creek High School (vs Berry) – Overhead 6:59
- Mooresville High School (vs A.L. Brown) – Overhead 7:06
- Rocky River High School (vs North Meck) – Overhead 7:21.
Founded in 1995 by former prisoner of war and retired Air Force Col. Quincy Collins, Carolinas Freedom Foundation is a non-profit that works to inspire patriotic citizenship through programs and events. It began operation with Charlotte’s two signature Veterans Day weekend events: the Carolinas Freedom Foundation and American Airlines Freedom Breakfast and Salute to Veterans Parade. Then recognizing an unmet need, Carolinas Freedom Foundation expanded programming to include both youth education and young professional engagement through JROTC Award and Recognition Ceremony, Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibition (PACE), Rising Stars Polaris Award, and other programs including the Patriotism Bowl.
The Patriotism Bowl is an annual fund-raising event that turns a local high school football game into “the greatest spectacle in high school sports”. Its pageantry creates a college bowl-like atmosphere which raises awareness of citizenship, patriotism and service.
With notice from the Guinness Records Management Team that read, “We are thrilled to inform you that your application for Most sporting event flypasts (flyovers) in a single flight path has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder! Congratulations, you are Officially Amazing!”, Carolinas Freedom Foundation and the Patriotism Bowl can claim their amazing title.