|Moses "Moe" Guin
doesnít need an award to feel good about what he has done to help
advance the cause of kids.But an award is exactly what Mr. Guin receives
tonight as he will be honored with the first Dr. Kurt J. Nellis Memorial
Award, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, to memorialize Dr. Nellisí passion
for community service and amateur wrestling. Dr. Nellis was an avid
supporter of the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.
"I think this is wonderful," said Mr. Guin, who was the first African-American athlete to play in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a member of Fairmont State Collegeís football and wrestling teams.
"This is a total surprise. I had no idea. But Iím not here for an award. Iím here for kids. I donít need an award. What I want is for kids to be functional and to have a chance."
He also started the youth wrestling program at the New Kensington YMCA in 1972 and served as the athletic director and coach for 10 years. He served in various coaching and leadership capacities in youth wrestling in the community and the YMCA until 1998.
Mr. Guin and his wife of 41 years, Myra, reside in Arnold. He has two children, Michael and Michelle and four grandchildren.
He was co-captain of Fairmontís football team in 1959, and lead the school in the only two undefeated seasons, 1957 and 1959.
Mr. Guin also received community service awards: Alcoa Merit Award in 1992: Valley High School in 1993: and Champion Enterprises in 1999.
The Dr. Kurt J. Nellis Memorial Award was established by UPMC Health Plan after Dr. Nellisí death September 29, 2000. The 43-year-old Nellis had established himself in the community by donating his time to doctoring low-income families and exhibiting a life-long integrity and dedication to helping others.
Dr. Nellisí widow, Diane, his five children, sister and brothers will join John DeGruttola, chief marketing officer for UPMC Health Plan, in presenting the award to Mr. Guin.
"Kurt exemplified dedication, hard work and caring," DeGruttola said. "He had a lot of compassion. Those are the types of attributes that people admire.
"When you look at the young men in the Wrestling Classic, they all have the same attributes. They all have the same traits. Theyíve risen to the top, achieved athletic excellence. Itís fitting that Kurt was a champion wrestler in his day and he gave a lot to the community and Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic."