Falcon Boats, the manufacturer of premium bass boats from the Palmetto State, announces its partnership with returning Bassmaster Elite Series pro Rick Morris of Bracey, Va. Morris will be running the Falcon F215 powered by a Mercury 250 Pro Verado outboard while competing in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series as well as the 2018 Bassmaster Classic next week at Lake Hartwell in Greenville, S.C.
Morris makes his return to the Elite Series after taking a three season break from the sport’s highest level to help his daughter in her quest towards college.
Falcon Boats decision to support Morris was twofold. Along with the fact that Morris was competing on the sport’s biggest stages, it was an opportunity to support him and his title sponsor; Leebcor Services LLC, in an endeavor to support the U.S. Military through its Fishing for Our Troops mission in support of the U.S.O.
Falcon Boats’ co-founder Stephen Waller said that the whole package was something they could get behind. “Rick has had a strong career in the Bassmaster Tour and Elite Series, but that wasn’t all,” he said. His partnership with John Karafa, and Leebcor was something that we could really get behind, with my partner Tim (DePriest – co-founder of Falcon Boats) being a veteran, and his son being an active duty Marine; we wanted to support the whole program.”
Leebcor Services LLC is a construction company that serves only the Federal Government, with a large portion of their projects being military barracks, command centers, administration offices and the like. Leebcor established Fishing for Our Troops, a non-profit organization designed to provide ongoing support, awareness and fundraising for the U.S.O., the organization who seeks to “strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.”
Leebcor President and CEO Karafa, a Disabled Service Veteran of the Air Force himself, found synergy in a love of fishing, a desire to support U.S. Troops through the U.S.O. and Morris. “I met Rick when we hired him as a guide on Lake Toho, and really enjoyed meeting him,” said Karafa. “As we got to know him, we found out that he was truly a great guy, and that he would fit what we were trying to do, so we decided to support him and enlist his aid in the events we will be running in support of the U.S.O. going forward.”
Morris said he felt like he has found a family, support and motivation through these partnerships. “John has become a true friend and Fishing for Our Troops has given me more of a purpose to my life and my fishing,” he said. “Add Falcon Boats to that circle, and I feel like I’m a part of something bigger than my fishing career. I feel like I have a true support system around me, with a great mission, a truly great boat, friends who will stand with me, and I with them; I am proud to run a Falcon, and to display Leebcor Services LLC on the side of it.”
Falcon Boats will be making their Bassmaster debut at the Bassmaster Classic Expo, in booth number 2908. Along with displaying their F195 and F205 models in the booth, Falcon Boats will be selling limited edition U.S. Flag themed Falcon Boats shirts as a fundraiser, with proceeds going to the U.S.O through Fishing for Our Troops. Joining them on the Expo floor will be Leebcor Services LLC / Fishing for Our Troops in booth 2553. They will also be selling U.S. Flag themed Fishing for Our Troops shirts as a fundraiser for the U.S.O.