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In 1989, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation formulated the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. The Courage House logo represents the partnership effort among the Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni. This partnership demonstrates compassion and a commitment to heightening awareness of the issue of child abuse in our country while working to help improve the lives of children who suffer from such mistreatment. Upon joining the National Support Network, each Courage House receives The George Young National Grant and is presented a Courage House plaque for display at their facility.
Named after the NFL team in a respective city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community. Since it is traditionally an existing facility, the Courage House's prevailing identity and standing are augmented, not eliminated, by forming this partnership with its respective NFL franchise and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation (i.e. the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Courage House at Holy Family Institute).
How do Courage Houses help?
Courage Houses offer programs that promote a healing, informative and preventive curriculum.
The children who receive care from the Courage Houses are children who have belonged to a "family in crisis" and are in dire need of professional therapy, guidance, nurturing, general support, mental health counseling, vocational/educational training and abusive behavior management therapy.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation directly helps the Courage Houses better reach their goals by providing the facilities with access to unique programs and services, grant opportunities with corporate and individual philanthropists, marketing and educational tools and much more.
The Foundation’s goal is to establish a Courage House in every NFL city.
On December 8, 2010 The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation dedicated our 20th Courage House with The Washington Redskins Courage House at Youth For Tomorrow. Click Here for the Story
On March 8, 2011 The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation announced the 21st Courage House with The Philadelphia Eagles Courage House at Children's Crisis Treatment Center. A formal dedication will follow.
Our Courage Houses
Pittsburgh Steelers Courage House
Holy Family Institute • Sr. Linda Yankoski
Chicago Bears Courage House
Maryville Academy • Sr. Catherine Ryan
Miami Dolphins Courage House
Catholic Home for Children • Anne Brennan
Detroit Lions Courage House
Haven • Beth Morrison
Dallas Cowboys Courage House
Happy Hill Farm • Edward Shipman
Baltimore Ravens Courage House
St. Vincent’s Center • Mary Rode
New York Giants Courage House
My Sisters Place • Julie Domonkos
Oakland Raiders Courage House
Fred Finch Youth Center • Vonda Thompson
Seattle Seahawks Courage House
Childhaven • Debra Ronnholm
Carolina Panthers Courage House
Youth Homes Inc. • Frank Crawford, Jr.
Cleveland Browns Courage House
Providence House • Natalie A. Leek-Nelson
Atlanta Falcons Courage House
Eagle Ranch • Edwin J. Staub
St. Louis Rams Courage House
Our Little Haven • P. Scott Hummel
Indianapolis Colts Courage House
Children's Bureau • Ron Carpenter
Buffalo Bills Courage House
Gateway-Longview • James M. Sampson
San Francisco 49ers Courage House
Edgewood Center for Children & Families • Nancy Rubin
Minnesota Vikings Courage House
St. Joseph’s Home for Children • Edward McBrayer
Green Bay Packers Courage House
Family Services of N.E. Wisconsin • Brent Roubal
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Courage House
House of Hope Tampa • Lew Mustard
Washington Redskins Courage House
Youth for Tomorrow • Dr. Gary Jones
Philadelphia Eagles Courage House
Childrens Crisis Treatment Center • Antonio Valdez