WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Allan Head, former Wake Forest hurdler, was honored on Saturday with the Pete Moffitt Courage Award.
Established in 2012, the Pete Moffitt Courage Award is given in recognition of Wake Forest alumnus Pete Moffitt, and the tremendous courage he displayed while battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The award is given annually to a Wake Forest student‐athlete, coach, or alumnus who has demonstrated Pete’s great courage in his or her own endeavors. Past recipients of the award include Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter, Demon Deacon basketball legend Rodney Rogers, former volleyball coach Heather Kahl Holmes and former football player, the late Homer Brookshire.
This year’s recipient, Allan Head, earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Wake Forest, where he was also a member of the track team, serving as co-captain from 1965-1966. He remains a loyal Demon Deacon and continues to show his support as a Deacon Club member. For the past two years, Head has been courageously battling stage four kidney cancer, but remains optimistic through the help of his faith-based family.
The award was presented on Saturday at the Wake Forest Homecoming football game against Army West Point, where Head was recognized at a pre-game tailgate ceremony.
“What an inspiration Allan has been to so many people,” said Ron Wellman, Director of Athletics, who led off the remarks. Susan Moffitt, wife of the late Pete Moffitt, followed, stating, “This award is not about dying, but rather about living – having the courage to live our lives for others and the opportunity to inspire those around us to carry on Pete’s legacy of integrity, commitment, friendship and selflessness.”
After accepting the award, Head shared information on his journey over the past two years, as well as some inspirational thoughts. He went on to explain the personal importance of the award, remarking, “From the beginning, I knew if there was ever anything I could do with this illness to help and encourage others, that’s what I wanted to do, and that’s why the Pete Moffitt Courage Award means so much to me.”
In addition to the pre-game ceremony, Head was given the opportunity to announce the Deacs as they took the field, which he previously did as the Wake Forest stadium announcer from 1999-02, and was also honored on-field during the game. Joining him for this special day were his wife, Patti (’68), sons David (’92) and Darryl, daughter Jayme (’98) and son-in-law Arturo, as well as six of his eight grandchildren.