The co-winners of the Steve Schmelzer Sportsmanship Award for the Door County Pickleball Club are Ron Greisen of Sturgeon Bay and Mark and Patty Weisse of Sister Bay. Honorable-mention awards went to Vicky Gulan, Margaret Gerard and Bill Reifsnyder.
The award recognizes those who receive the most nominations from their fellow players for consistently demonstrating kindness, integrity, sportsmanship, encouragement, a positive attitude, teamwork and inclusiveness.
“He’s one of the most inclusive players and always welcomes new players, regardless of skill level, and is also very supportive,” wrote one of Greisen’s nominators.
“Mark and Patty [Weisse] consistently extend warm welcomes, teachable moments, encouragement and compliments to every player they meet,” wrote one of the Weisses’ nominators.