In 2014 the Grand Rapids Pickleball Club initiated The Draigh Award to recognize players 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:

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

Bob Trout and Paul Richards: Our Draigh award winners for 2018.  

Past winners are:

September 13, 2014
Jeanne Schowalter and John Schowalter

September 26, 2015
Keith Wolverton and Kathy Anderson

September 20, 2016
Linda Jirous and Mike Bart

September 20, 2017
Neil Johnson and Dave Boyd