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.
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 Ravens– Benjamin Watson (WR)
Buffalo Bills– Jordan Poyer (DB)
Cincinnati Bengals– Giovani Bernard (RB)
Cleveland Browns– Kevin Zeitler (OL)
Denver Broncos– Todd Davis (LB)
Houston Texans– Derek Newton (OL)
Kansas City Chiefs– Derrick Johnson (LB)
Los Angeles Chargers– Brandon Mebane (DL)
New England Patriots– Matthew Slater (WR)
New York Jets– Lawrence Thomas (FB)
Arizona Cardinals– Jaron Brown (WR)
Atlanta Falcons– LaRoy Reynolds (LB)
Carolina Panthers– Graham Geno (K)
Dallas Cowboys– Jaylon Smith (LB)
New Orleans Saints– Michael Mauti (LB)
Philadelphia Eagles– Joe Walker (LB)
San Francisco 49ers– Marquise Goodwin (WR)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers– William Gholston (DE)
Washington Redskins– DeAnglo Hall (DB)
Jacksonville Jaguars– Aaron Colvin (DB)
Tennessee Titans– Karl 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 May 24, the Tennessee Titans formally announced the dedication of the Northwest Family YMCA as their official Ed Block Courage House. The facility is the 26th member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids and offers after school/summer programs for at-risk youth in the greater Nashville area.
The event was hosted at the YMCA’s updated gym, with children and staff from the facility in attendance, along with special guests from the team and Foundation. Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey, the team’s Athletic Training and PR Staffs, past Ed Block Courage Award recipients, Jason McCourty (2016), Craig Stevens (2015), Chris Hope (2008), 2016 Ed Block Special Honoree, Tim Shaw, Titans Cheerleaders, and team mascot, T-Rac all took in the festivities. The Foundation’s Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson and Vice President, John Bostwick, were on hand to present a donation check of $10,000 to support the growth of the facility.
During the event, the Foundation also presented Nicole Rowan, Northwest Family YMCA Director, and Jerome Reid, Titans Assistant Athletic Trainer, with plaques honoring the occasion. After inspirational speeches from Jason McCourty and Chris Hope, the children had a performance for those in attendance, followed by a special luncheon where the kids were able to interact with all the Titans team members.
To see more from the Titans on the event click HERE!
For More Information on the Northwest Family YMCA click HERE!