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 40th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards will once again be held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Baltimore. The Festivities will begin on Friday March 9th with the Community Outreach at Rita R Church Community Center in the afternoon. Friday Night Beginning at 6:00 pm will be the VIP Sponsor Reception.
On Saturday, The day will begin with the Community Outreach at St. Vincent Villa. The 40th Ed Block Courage Awards doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with an Autograph session, which will run until 6:15 p.m. Seated Dinner and the Program will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The 39th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards was hosted March 12th at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore City, honoring the 32 Ed Block Courage Award recipients for their inspiration during the 2016 NFL season. The Foundation recognized the PFATS Athletic Training Staff of the Year, Jim Whalen (Head Athletic Trainer), Daryl Nelson (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Joe Van Allen (Assistant Athletic Trainer, Director of Rehabilitation), and Michael Akinbola (Doctor of Physical Therapy), of The New England Patriots.
The ceremony also celebrated the dedications of the New England Patriots (Key Program Inc.) and New York Jets (Deirdre’s House) and announcement of the newest member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids with the Tennessee Titans (Northwest Family YMCA). Former Titans Linebacker, Tim Shaw was honored for his continued battle with ALS, and the late Founder of the Dallas Cowboys Courage House, North Central Texas Academy (Happy Hill Farm), Ed Shipman we also remembered with the official Courage House Dedication Award renamed in his tribute.
With the help of the NFL, NFLPA, PFATS, the Foundation’s sponsors, and guests, the event raised donations and awareness for the 26 courage houses located across the country. Funding provided helped the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation donate $25,000 to the National Courage House Support Network For Kids.
On Saturday October 7th, we held our Puttin’ Away Child Abuse Family Fun Day Golf Tournament at Perry Hall Mini Golf at 4123 E. Joppa Road, Perry Hall, Maryland. The event had playable rounds that started at noon and 2:30pm, with all proceeds benefiting the Ed Block Courage Foundation. We were able to raise over $21,000 dollars to assist abused, neglected, and at risked kids of the Courage House Network.
The event could not have been such a sucess without everybody that came out. We would like to thank our Title Sponsors, M&T Bank, Walmart, as well as Corner Stable, Mission BBQ, Koons Ford, Flying Dog Brewery, Monument City Brewery, Greater Baltimore Mini Golf Tour, Red Truck Beef Jerky, Dulaney Wine and Spirits, Pappas Restaurant, Stoy Malone Company, Koopers Jacksonville, Ravens Roost 131, Calvert Hall College, Fratello’s Pizza, and Eric Bromwell.
We also want to thank all the local celebrities that donated part of their days to come out and thank everyone for making our Mini Golf Day a success.
On March 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.
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On July 24th, Pappas Restaurant of Cockeysville hosted their 3rd Annual Golf Outing at Mountain Branch Country Club in Joppa, Maryland, with all proceeds being donated to the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Participating in the event were 32 foursomes who enjoyed a day of fun, with multiple prize holes including: 50/50 raffles, blind auctions, closest to the pins, Hole-in-Ones and putting competition.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation appreciates everyone who came out and supported the event. We would first like to thank Pappas Restaurant, especially thank Tim Miller, and Justin Windle, for organizing the outing. Without their tireless efforts, this event would have not happened.
Mountain Branch was a gracious host, while we also must thank all of the sponsors of the event including:
Law Offices of Glen Lazzaro
Congratulations to the tournament winners, as well as those who took home some great raffle prizes! We look forward to partnering with Pappas again next year for another great event.
For the last six weeks, starting on June 5th, McAvoy’s Bar and Grill was hosting our “VOICES OF BALTIMORE” competition every Monday, with proceeds going towards the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Contestants were able to showcase their singing talents in front of a live audience, while raffle tickets where being sold for a “Basket of Cheer”, including a Kenneth Dixon autographed football and Trey Mancini autographed baseball. Contestants competed weekly until the Semi-Finals on July 10th and July 17th, with the winners awarded during the finals on July 24th. In total, the event raised over $1,600 dollars for the Foundation.
The event concluded with the 1st winner of each side winning being awarded with 10 hours of recording at the Sheffield Institute along with $300. The contestants in 2nd took home $150 and left with $50. The winners are as followed:
1st place: Sugar Bear
2nd place: Grayson
3rd place: Rick
1st place: Cecilia
2nd place: Teisha
3rd place: Hannah
The Foundation would like to thank Debi Fowler for her ongoing effort to organizing the event. We are also thankful of McAvory’s Bar and Grill for allowing us to use their restaurant to host our event. Finally, we would like to acknowledge our sponsors the Sheffield Institute and Budweiser Brewing Company, who supplied the prizes for our champions. We look forward to hearing more great voices next year for “VOICES OF BALTIMORE”.