Stack Sports, the largest and fastest growing global provider of sports technology and grassroots events, today announced an innovative multi-platform partnership with the United States Air Force. The partnership offers the United States Air Force and Special Operations the ability to inspire millions of the brightest, most competitive and physically fit young men and women through Stack Sports’ digital eco-system while also engaging directly with potential recruits at the grass roots level through The Opening and Elite 11 football properties, the nation’s preeminent high school football development events.

As part of the alliance, the partners have created the “Air Force Special Ops Combine Challenge”, a national competition to crown the most dynamic athlete in the country based on similar fundamentals used to develop Special Ops personnel. The program will also include unique Special Ops inspired sports content and the integration of Air Force Special Operations personnel engaging with participants. There will also be integration in off-field development curriculum highlighting key attributes such as leadership, teamwork and integrity. The “Combine Challenge” will make 14 regional stops and culminate with a nationally acclaimed finals event at The Star in Frisco, TX, the home of the Dallas Cowboys where the winner will be recognized along with the nation’s top football athletes at the high school, college and professional ranks.

“Stack Sports is very excited to partner with the Air Force and develop a truly innovative partnership that leverages the strengths of each organization. The combination of digital content with leading grassroots events regionally and nationally is a winning combination that distinguishes this partnership and further enforces the leadership position of Stack Sports in the marketplace,” said Alex Alt, CEO, Stack Sports.

“We are equally excited to begin this partnership with Stack Sports and are looking forward to seeing their athletes showcase their skills as they experience the ‘Air Force Special Ops Combine Challenge’ during The Opening competitions.  This partnership is ideal since Airmen and Stack Sports athletes are both inspired by the same core values of integrity, service and excellence.  Similar to the Combine’s test of athletic ability, Special Operations recruiters develop recruits’ physical and mental stamina before they ship to Basic Military Training. These football players gain the same leadership and development skills to succeed in their field as we do. Just like our future Airmen, we hope to guide these youth in gaining confidence, physical fitness and grit in the face of great challenge,” said Maj. Heath Kerns, Special Operations Recruiting Squadron Commander.

Air Force’s activations began at The Opening Combine on February 9th in Long Beach, CA where Kourt Williams IIfrom St. John Bosco High School was named the first regional Air Force Special Ops Combine Champion (https://twitter.com/TheOpening/status/1094784495641710592). Other tour stops include MiamiOrlandoDallasNew OrleansHouston, Atlanta, Ohio, New Jersey, St. Louis, Charlotte, Washington D.C.Oakland and Nashville. For more information, visit www.theopening.com.

About The Opening

The country’s longest running high school football event series. The nationwide tour begins with an open combine event offering all athletes the opportunity to compete for a spot in the regional training camp. The tour culminates with The Opening Finals, where the country’s top prospects come together for four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition at The Star in Frisco. With 25+ years of history, the regional camp series has seen 20,000+ alumni go on to earn college scholarships and is the destination each off-season for all aspiring next level high school prospects to compete and learn at the highest level.

About Elite 11

The nation’s premier and original competition for high school quarterbacks. Founded in 1999, the Elite 11 seeks to offer quarterbacks from around the country the opportunity to receive advanced, on-on-one instruction while competing to earn a spot in the Elite 11 Finals. The Elite 11 Finals brings together the top 24 performers from the regional tour for a three-day experience meant to test and train the young athletes while preparing them to succeed at the next level.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is the global leader in sports technology providing an integrated technology platform for national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations, parents, coaches and athletes. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and backed by Genstar Capital, the NFL’s 32 Equity, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Providence Equity and other leading sports and technology investors. Since its formation in April 2016, Stack Sports has completed nearly 30 acquisitions of market-leading sports technology companies. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com.

About the U.S. Air Force

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. For 2019, the Air Force Recruiting Service is hiring over 32,000 new Airmen with an emphasis on recruiting people with no prior military service into one of over 130 enlisted career opportunities. The Air Force recruits to retain, so we recruit the brightest candidates possible, then provide them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to sustain the combat capability of America’s Air Force. For more information about Air Force opportunities and benefits, go to www.airforce.com

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