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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.

WWB DON JUNG HALL OF MERIT ( ** = deceased )
Abram "Alex" Ostrovskiy, 2008 ** Albert "Ace" Rocek, 2011-12 Allen Abraham, 2007 Barry Webb, 2008
Bob Sayers, 2008 Calvin Malone, 2013 Carlis Sharpe, 2013 David Ranada, 2014
Dennis Spillman, 2009 Don Jung , 2007 ** Donna Rose, 2014 Drew Till, 2013
Ed Lindsay, 2008 Erich Richter, 2009 Erika Hom, 2009 Gary Gerber, 2014
Gene Dermody, 2007 Greg Lines, 2014 Jek Fong, 2008 Jeroen Tan, 2014
John English, 2009 ** Johnny Almony, 2008 Kathy McAdams, 2008 Kevin Martin, 2008 **
Les Morgan, 2008 Manfred Molt, 2013 Matt Carey, 2014 Michael LoFurno, 2009
Michael Ognibene, 2011-12 Mike Masino, 2014 Mike Rio, 2011-12 ** Nick Lopez, 2014
Peter Runyon, 2007 ** Peter Verey, 2013 Philippe Bruno, 2009 Rick Van Tassell, 2008
Rochelle Robinson, 2011-12 Roger Brigham, 2008 Ron Ward, 2008 Russ Connelly, 2008
Steve Swanson, 2007 ** Tony Galluzzo, 2014