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Big Rock chooses 6 military members to participate in tournament
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Big Rock, Big Hero Experience Participants Selected


The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is thrilled to announce the participants of the Big Rock, Big Hero Experience.

-Master Sergeant Kenneth Gero
25 years of service. Stationed at MCAS Cherry Point

-Petty Officer Heath Canada, USCG
16 years of service. Station at Camp Lejeune.

-Staff Sergeant Brad Ivey, USAF
12 years of service. Stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

-Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brad Cook, USMC
19 years of service. Stationed at MCAS Cherry Point

-Petty Officer 2nd Class Bobby Whitehead, US Navy
14 years of service. Stationed at Camp Lejeune

-Capt. Chris Harris, US Army
18 years of service. Stationed at Fort Bragg

“Our vision for the Big Rock, Big Hero experience is to provide these six deserving service members with an unforgettable fishing adventure. All of us at the Big Rock are forever grateful to their service to our country and this is just a small way of showing our appreciation. These six men have dedicated their lives and made immeasurable sacrifices for our freedom,” explains Crystal Hesmer Tournament Director.

Participants were nominated by their family and friends. They shared heartwarming stories of dedication to our country and to their families at home. We were humbled by each and every entrant. The six service members named above will have the opportunity to experience a day offshore alongside Big Rock legends. They will be hosted by some of the most elite anglers, aboard a first-class sportfishing boat, equipped with today’s most innovative fishing gear. The Accordingly IV, Sea I Sea, Teaz’em, El Cazador, and Can Do Too, will be hosting the service members throughout the week of the tournament.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is the largest tournament of its kind in the United States. Our purpose is to represent the value of innovation, conservation and charitable giving. To date, the Big Rock has contributed close to $5 million in charitable proceeds for well-deserving charity organizations in our community. Big Rock tournament week and the Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament begin June 8-16th, 2018.


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