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.
The Jacksonville Jaguars Announces the Jaguars/Ed Block Courage House Award to Neighbor To Family
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation announced that Neighbor To Family has been chosen to be the Jaguars/Ed Block Courage House award recipient. Neighbor To Family, headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, with offices in Jacksonville, specializes in keeping sibling groups together. The award was presented at a special luncheon on Oct. 13 at Daytona International Speedway.
Jacksonville Jaguars Team President Mark Lamping, Neighbor To Family President/CEO Gordon Johnson and Ed Block Courage Award Foundation Director of Community Relations Brett Dickinson were joined by Jaguars Defensive Tackle Roy Miller, a 2009 Courage Award recipient, alumni Richard Collier, a 2009 Courage Award recipient, members of The ROAR cheerleaders and JAXSON De Ville to mark this special occasion. A $10,000 charitable gift from the Ed Block Courage Foundation was presented to Neighbor To Family during the ceremony.
“Neighbor to Family’s unique and inspiring work to keep siblings together is a very important issue that we graciously support and their track record of family reunification is a model for the nation,” stated Mark Lamping, President of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Neighbor To Family was founded with the notion to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities. More than 70% of children placed in foster care have siblings and are often times further traumatized when separated from their brothers and sisters after being removed from their homes. Neighbor To Family, co-founded by Gordon Johnson and his wife, work with trained foster parents who specialize in caring for 3 or more children. They and the professional staff work diligently with the biological parents for family reunification whenever possible.
“This partnership marks the joining of three organizations determined to improve the lives of abused and neglected children and their families at a level greater than any could attain alone, “Johnson said.
A Courage House is a facility or program that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in a community where an NFL franchise is affiliated with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. On a nation-wide basis, the Foundation has formed a Courage House National Support Network for Kids through the dedication of Courage Houses in 25 NFL cities. Also every year, one football player from each partnering NFL franchise is recognized by his peers as a Courage Award recipient in recognition of their professionalism, great strength, dedication and exemplary characteristics as a community role model. They are honored at a special gala held by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore, MD.
Ed Block is remembered as one of the most educated athletic trainers of his day. He was recognized for significant contributions in the tireless 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. Athletic trainers from teams across the nation help in fundraising efforts to support the Ed Block Courage Foundation.
49ers Ed Block Courage Award Winners Visit Courage House
Each season, all of the 32 NFL Clubs select a player from their roster, who exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage, as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Ed Block, the former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who served the team for 23 years, was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian whose most passionate cause was helping children of abuse.
To honor Ed Block’s legacy and bring further awareness to the prevalence and need to eradicate family violence, past award recipients from the 49ers visited Edgewood Center for Children and Families on Saturday, November 7, as a part of the team’s Alumni Weekend celebration. Alumni attending included WR Mike Wilson who was joined by fellow past Ed Block Courage Award Winners and 49ers Alumni CEric Heitmann, G Guy McIntyre, OL Jesse Sapolu, CB Shawntae Spencer, and CB Eric Wright.
The Ed Block Courage Award is not simply a plaque or accolade awarded to NFL players, it is a platform used to continue Block’s philanthropic work. In each NFL market, a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families is chosen as a Courage House. The 49ers dedicated Edgewood House in San Francisco as their Courage House in October 2003 in alignment with the 49ers Foundation mission to keep kids “Safe, On Track, and In School.”
“We specialize in helping kids who have emotional and behavioral health needs,” said Edgewood’s chief medical officer Robin Randall. “These are kids who are really stressed out or are having emotional problems and difficult times in their lives. Many have experienced a lot of trauma and been through really adverse circumstances. At Edgewood, we provide them the supports they need to in order to return to their families, schools, and communities. ”
“Today was a very nice day,” said 49ers Alumnus Mike Wilson. “We came to the Edgewood House and it was an opportunity for us to spend time with the kids, encourage them about life goals and achievements. It was just a great honor and I was glad to be here.”
Focusing on providing tools for youth to manage their stress, the award winners worked with youth who participate in the in-patient and out-patient services and counseling on three projects – a RESPECT banner, painting picture frames as art therapy and PLAY 60 fitness drills. Additionally, the 49ers Foundation surprised Edgewood with a $25,000 donation and an opportunity for on-field recognition when the team hosted the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 8.
“We have wonderful activities that allow kids to engage with players,” said Edgewood corporate and community engagement manager Kristin Thomas. “But [this event] will have a lasting effect on them because it shows how the community cares.”
This year’s HAVEN Tackling Domestic & Sexual Violence 3rd Annual Tailgate Party was a tremendous success! Because of the generosity and support of so many wonderful sponsors and attendees, we were able to raise over $75,000. Guests enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings; a Texan BBQ buffet; cigars; exciting auctions and fun contests. The funds raised from this event will allow HAVEN to continue providing programs and services to the nearly 30,000 individuals we serve every year. To learn more, visit www.haven-oakland.org.
Through the United Way, you are able to provide your employer with the following book number (3597) to make a donation to the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, which is automatically deducted from your paycheck.