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The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the well-being of abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout our Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Through our partnership with the National Football League, the Foundation cultivates awareness at each Courage House and helps to raise funds for their programs and initiatives.

Our Vision is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and to lay the foundation for generations of safe and nurturing families.

40th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards Weekend

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation held our annual gala on Saturday, March 10th at the Renaissance Hotel Harborplace Hotel in downtown Baltimore. This years recipients were 32 NFL players elected by their teammates and peers who overcame adversity in order return to the field. This years recipients in attendance were:

Baltimore RavensBenjamin Watson (WR)

Buffalo BillsJordan Poyer (DB)

Cincinnati BengalsGiovani Bernard (RB)

Cleveland BrownsKevin Zeitler (OL)

Denver BroncosTodd Davis (LB)

Houston TexansDerek Newton (OL)

Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Johnson (LB)

Los Angeles ChargersBrandon Mebane (DL)

New England PatriotsMatthew Slater (WR)

New York JetsLawrence Thomas (FB)

Arizona CardinalsJaron Brown (WR)

Atlanta FalconsLaRoy Reynolds (LB)

Carolina Panthers– Graham Geno (K)

Dallas CowboysJaylon Smith (LB)

New Orleans SaintsMichael Mauti (LB)

Philadelphia EaglesJoe Walker (LB)

San Francisco 49ersMarquise Goodwin (WR)

Tampa Bay BuccaneersWilliam Gholston (DE)

Washington RedskinsDeAnglo Hall (DB)

Jacksonville JaguarsAaron Colvin (DB)

Tennessee TitansKarl Klug (DE)

Below is contains the complete list of those who were elected from all 32 teams.


The recipients spent time with various children of Baltimore community at the Rita R Church Community Center Friday afternoon march 9th. The recipients had a chance to play various games including basketball, video games, various inflatable games, and some chose to get a workout with some players. Later on that night, the recipients attended a reception with our sponsors.

On Saturday March 10, the recipients attended our Community Outreach at the Baltimore Ravens Courage House St. Vincent Villa. The this event, the children of the courage house entertained and honored the recipients with their own courage awards and performances. After the children and recipients spent time together throughout the courage house.

Later that night was our 40th annual Ed Block Awards Gala. Here we honored our recipients along with holding various auctions top raise money for children of our courage houses. During the gala, various children, alumni of courage houses and even the honorees themselves had chances to share their stories with all in attendance. If you missed the event, below is your chance to watch what happened.

We would like to thank our sponsors for all they have done for us. Without them, this event would not have been possible.










On February 15th, the Los Angles Rams held a “Play 60” event at A Place Called Home to formally announce the dedication of the facility as their official Courage House, becoming the 27th member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids. A Place Called Home offers many services to the youth of South Central, Los Angles, including schooling and tutoring, behavioral counseling, music and arts program, college scholarship and job placement, among many other amenities.

The event included members of the Los Angles Rams community Relations department, team mascot Rampage, Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott and members of the local government, including the Mayor’s office. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson, was on hand to present the team and facility with commemorative plaques of the occasion. The Rams matched the Foundation’s $10,000 donation, to jump start their relationship, as they build their imprint  on the Los Angles community.

During the event, the children were given the opportunity to join in special activities, to promote physical activity, including football drills and games, along with a bounce house donated by the team. Members from the Rams were also given a tour of the facilities to see first hand the impressive work done year round to help those in need.

To see more from the Rams on the event click HERE!

For More Information on the A Place Called Home click HERE!