USBGF Lifetime Achievement

This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution over their lifetime to the conduct of the game and tournaments, knowledge about its history and traditions, or the creation of tools, strategies, commentary, and educational offerings that have advanced the game.

As co-founder of The Backgammon Learning Center (BLC), Perry Gartner has formed a top-flight cadre of teachers including many of the top players in the world. The group has helped hundreds of players raise their skill level and offered affordable lessons to beginners.
Norm Wiggins is one of backgammon’s most distinguished figures. He was touted at his 80th birthday party in 2010 for his courteous, gentlemanly demeanor that has made him so beloved by family, friends, and fellow backgammon players. His book Boards, Blots, and Double Shots is a recommended must reading for all aspiring players.
Louise Goldsmith was one of the great club directors of her era, overseeing play at the Mayfair Club in New York City in the heyday of backgammon in the 1970s, and directing her own Madison Avenue club, the Coterie, in the 1980s and 1990s. She helped organize the World Amateur Championships and other glamorous backgammon events in the Caribbean and Las Vegas.