Draigh Award

     In 2014 the Grand Rapids Pickleball Club initiated The Draigh Award to recognize one male and female player who best meets the criteria selected by Barbara and Richard (Dick) Draigh, the founding members of Grand Rapids Pickleball.


This award recognizes those individuals who:

  1. Openly promotes the game
  2. Represent the game in the most positive manner
  3. Exercise sportsmanship at all times
  4. Is willing to play with lesser skilled partners
  5. Welcomes new players and helps to make them feel a part of the group
  6. Steps forwards to help and volunteer to committees and special projects

The winners of this year’s award, which will be given out annually, are Linda Jirous and Mike Bart. Both Linda and Mike are active members of the club and Linda is one of our ambassadors. They effectively interact with all members, directed and/or helped in numerous other projects to assist club members. The award was given out on October, 2016 during our annual fun tournament for club members.