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.
Allen Robinson is one of the select few players to receive the Ed Block Courage Award for two separate teams, being nominated by the Jaguars in 2015. His impact on the field as the Bears top receiver with over 1,00 yards and 7 touchdowns is only surpassed by his work for his Within Reach Foundation, which led to him being named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, along with the Chicago Bears Ed Block Courage Award.
The Mission of Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and resources to low-income and inner-city Chicago students to help put success within reach. The goal is to impact 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through all outreach programs.The foundation will improve the educational opportunities available to students in inner-city Chicago by distributing the school supplies they need to be active and engaged in the classroom, providing them with access to a wide selection of age-appropriate reading material, and awarding scholarships to the students who have gone above and beyond in their pursuit of an education. Through this outreach, the Within Reach Foundation will strengthen childhood literacy rates in the city and create opportunities for students to achieve a higher education.
We are a 501-3C non-profit that works directly with the NFL to partner each team with a child abuse/at-risk youth facility (labeled Courage Houses) in their region. The goal is to create a support network to assist that Courage Houses in their fundraising and awareness. The Foundation directly provides monetary and in-kind donations, as well as services to each of the 27 partnered facilities across the country.
Teams support their facilities in many different ways throughout the year, including: hosting fundraising events, player visits with the kids, visits for Courage House at the team facilities, attendance to fundraising events, in-kind gifts for the children, autographed memorabilia donations and ticket donations, among many other ways. The Foundation also provides each facility with financial and in-kind donations, as well as services and programs to help their cause.
We host the Ed Block Courage Awards Gala every March where one player from each team, voted on by their teammates, for their courage and inspiration throughout their season. Those 32 players travel to Baltimore for to be honored and presented with the most unique trophy in all of sports. During their stay, they participate in two community outreaches with the local at-risk youth at a designated Baltimore City Rec Center and with the abused children at St. Vincent’s Villa (Baltimore Ravens Courage House). The events are meant to inspire the local youth, as well as the players to go back to their local communities and get involved with their designated Courage Houses.