ALBERT "ACE" ROCEK
Wrestling Fan Club Founder
WWB DON JUNG HALL OF MERIT
In 2007, Wrestlers WithOut Borders created the WWB Don Jung Hall of Merit not to recognize people who sought fame, but rather to honor people who have displayed sacrifice and selflessness to encourage other to achieve as much as they could and to create safe and supportive wrestling opportunities for athletes regardless of skill level, gender, orientation or age. The wrestling community is composed of competitors, officials, coaches and supporters and the Hall seeks to honor their legacies.
The Foundation Class, focused on the first two Gay Games, was announced at Golden Gate's renamed Don Jung Wrestling Tournament in May 2007. Gene Dermody received the Atlas Award for lifetime contributions starting with Gay Games I; other honorees or their representatives received framed certificates for their involvement with the organzation of Gay Games I and II wrestling.
A larger Inaugural Class, representing a quarter of century of catching up to do, was selected to recognize pioneers and founders from all of the WWB clubs. It was named at the inaugural WWB Cup Tournament in Chicago, May of 2008. Each honoree received a trophy and a ceritificate.