Our Mission

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.

43rd courage awards gala

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation will be hosting 43rd Courage Awards Gala event virtually for the safety and well-being of the players and guests. The event will be launched April 24th, 2021 at 7:00pm and will be FREE to all guests and can be viewed at any time on the VIRTUAL EVENT WEBSITE. 

Scheduling began in late 2020, developing various segments to not only honor last season’s class of Courage Award Recipients, but let the audience get to know them more personally. Players like Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith and Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews were interviewed by children from their team’s respective Courage House. Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch was joined by the team’s Athletic Training staff (after they took home the PFATS Training Staff of the Year award) and the Cowboys longstanding community partner, Happy Hill Farm. The New England Patriots co-recipients, James White and Devin McCourty talked with young ladies from the team’s Courage House, as well as a special guest who gave some insight of playing football with a twin brother.   

Ever wonder what music players listen to before games? What about which player they like to go up against? Who was their football idol growing up? That is all included in the Courage House blitz, where children from our partnered facilities asked the unlikely questions everyone wants to know. And there is so much more, as the player’s opened up on their adversity and what it takes to succeed.  


Enjoy the program at bidpal.net/43courageawards, with the amazing stories of inspiration by the Courage Award recipients, as well as the abused, neglected and at-risk youth of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids. Make sure to check out the 43 Courage Awards silent auction that includes rare NFL memorabilia, Pandora jewelry and more!!!


Auction Opens: Saturday, April 24th, 2021 – 7:00pm

Auction Closes: Thursday, April 29th, 2021 – 7:00pm


43rd Ed BLock Courage Award REcipients


WHAT we do…

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1978 by our founder, Sam Lamantia, in cooperation with the Baltimore Colts. The NFL has collaborated with the Foundation, and its mission, for 43 years by partnering teams with child abuse/at-risk youth facilities (known as Courage Houses) in their regions. The goal is to maintain the support network to assist the Courage Houses with fundraising and awareness.

Each of the 27 partnered facilities is provided monetary and in-kind donations, along with various needed services, to help advance their mission. Over the past four years, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. has donated over $180,000 and over $15,000 in memorabilia.

The Sam Lamantia Award was established in 2019 and is available exclusively for the members of Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Annually, one facility is chosen to receive a $10,000 grant ($1,500 second prize) to support a specific program that directly benefits the well-being of children served at their facility.

The NFL teams aid their affiliated Courage House’s community efforts in several ways throughout the year. Assistance has included hosting and attending fundraising events, providing memorabilia and experiences for auctions and raffles, organizing player visits and inviting youth to team activities, providing monetary support, donating in-kind gifts for the children, among many other methods to enhance the welfare of those in need.

Throughout the year, the Foundation hosts several fundraisers, including the prestigious Ed Block Courage Awards. One player from each NFL team is voted by their teammates to be honored for their courage and inspiration throughout the season. The recipients stand as role models for their ability to overcome adversity while also serving their respective community.

All recipients travel to Baltimore to be honored and presented with the most unique trophy in all of sports during our awards ceremony. During their stay, the recipients participate in community outreach programs, visiting local abused, neglected, and at-risk youth, including the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa.

With the ongoing pandemic, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. will be hosting our first ever free Virtual Courage Awards Gala on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The 30-minute program will include interviews with 2020 recipients and highlighting their accomplishments on and off the field, while joined by children from various Courage Houses across the country.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Find the sponsorship packages HERE! Please feel free to reach out our Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson, via email (gro.kcolbdenull@nosnikcidb) or phone (410-821-6252) with any inquiries or questions.