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.


 

Ed Block Friends & Family,

After the recent developments with the COVID-19 virus becoming a national emergency, we regret to inform everyone that we will be unable to host the Ed Block Courage Awards Gala for the first time in our 42 year history. In interest of public safety, we support the decisions made by Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor, Jack Young, in banning all large group gatherings to limit the spread of this pandemic. The health of all our recipients, sponsors, guests, volunteers and children planning to attend our various events is of the utmost importance and we hope everyone will remain safe during these difficult times.

We are so disappointed that we will not be able to honor our 2019 recipients on stage but more importantly cancel the community outreach programs with local abused, neglected and at-risk youth, in partnership with Baltimore City Recs and Parks and St. Vincent’s Villa. The interaction with NFL role models serves as a true inspiration for the children in need to persevere through adversity.

As we moved forward, we look forward to planning other amazing community events throughout the year to help support our mission. We thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times because, without the ongoing support of caring people like you, the children don’t get the help they need through our partner Courage Houses across the country. For those sponsors and ticket purchasers of this year’s event, a Foundation representative will be in communication over the next week.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 for our 43rd Annual Ed Block Courage Awards.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Brett Dickinson

Director of Operations

Ed Block Courage Award Foundation

 


 

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.