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.

2022 ed block Community outreach

On April 3rd, the Ed Block Courage Award recipients and special guests visited the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa for our Ed Block Community Outreach. The Residential Treatment Facility has been partnered with the team since 1996 and previously with the Baltimore Colts starting in 1978, housing and treating abused children from across Maryland. 

The event began with a special program by the residents before they presented the players their Courage Awards for the first time ever! The players joined the kids for a day of fun, with activities and games, as they learned about courage from their NFL role models.

Make sure to check out our 2022 Ed Block Community Outreach Website from the amazing event and our NFL Draft Silent Auction (4/28 – 5/1) HERE!



As the Ed Bock Courage Award Foundation began planning the 44th Courage Awards, the decision was made to create our first ever hybrid event, that will include a Virtual Courage Awards Gala to coincide with our in-person Courage Awards Ceremony on April 3rd, 2022. Scheduling began in late 2021, developing various segments to not only honor the Courage Award Recipients but let our audience get to know them more personally. 

Recipients like Pittsburgh Steelers Devin Bush and Buffalo Bills Harrison Phillips were interviewed by the children from their team’s respective Courage House. Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott gave us insight on his recover from his leg injury in 2020. And the children from our partnered non-profits asked the unlikely questions everyone wants to know!

Ever wonder what is a player’s favorite midnight snack? Which player they grew up rooting for? What is their favorite movie? Find out all that and more during our program!

We hope you enjoy the show as you hear the amazing stories of inspiration from 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 our Virtual Gala website that includes our silent auction (April 3, 2022, 2:00pm – April 6, 2022, 7:00pm) our virtual program book and more information about the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation HERE!

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.

The 44th  Ed Block Courage Awards will be a hybrid event including a the Virtual Gala and in-person events hosted at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel on April 2-3, 2022. Activities will include the first ever Ed Block Courage Awards Celebration cocktail party, VIP Sponsor Brunch and a special Awards Ceremony with the Courage House children. 

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.