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.


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.