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.
Throughout the year we host several fundraisers, including the Ed Block Courage Awards, 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 of Baltimore City 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.
“By virtue of you coming here and reading this, you are among the compassionate of the world. No higher accolade can be given. Compassion is the soul of all religion. Compassion is the noble way of life, a great guide for the truly noble of heart.” -Ed Block
Ed Block was a hero in many ways. Under General Patton in World War II, he earned a Purple Heart. As an athletic trainer, he was a master in his chosen field. As a person, he was compassionate and giving.
Ed was the Head Athletic Trainer of the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He was asked to join the team by the legendary coach Weeb Ewbank in 1954 and cared for the team’s legendary players of the Colts’ glory years of the 50s, 60s and 70s. He was inducted in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame in 1974.
While Ed will be remembered as one of the most educated athletic trainers of his day, some of his most significant contributions came in the tirelessly manner in which he gave of himself to help improve the lives of children. He stood for courage and championed the cause of those who displayed that characteristic. His work and philosophy continues today through the Foundation that bears his name. A great and compassionate humanitarian, he was always proud to be known simply as “Ed Block of the Baltimore Colts.”