Courage. Compassion. Commitment.

In cooperation with the NFL, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation assists thousands of abused, neglected and at-risk youth across the National Courage House Support Network for Kids.

Each of the 27 partnered facilities are provided with monetary and in-kind donations along with various needed services to help advance their mission from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. They are also provided unique opportunities through the partnership with their NFL team including events, fundraising, donations and much more.

National Courage House Network

Who We Are

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1978 by founder, Sam Lamantia, in cooperation with the Baltimore Colts and Maryland-based children’s residential treatment center, St. Vincent’s Villa.

In 1984, the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society ( PFATS) began collaborating with the Foundation with the intent to match each football team across the country to a child abuse and/or at-risk youth facility, known as a Courage House, in their respective city and state. The goal is to create and maintain a support network assisting with the long-term growth of each Courage House and the well-being of the children.


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 communities.

Those recipients then travel to Baltimore, MD to be honored and presented with the most unique trophy in all of sports during our ceremonies. They participate in local community outreach programs by visiting the abused, neglected and at-risk youth of the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa.

Virtual Courage Content

Featured Media

Courage Award Throwback: Dan Marino

  There are a few quarterbacks that are more well known from the 1990’s than the gunslinger who went to Pitt, led the Miami Dolphins to a super bowl appearance […]


Ed Block CourageCast ep 17: Jakobi Meyers and Maxx Williams

On this show: Dave Steinwedel, Wally Williams, and Duane Brooks are back as they talk about all things NFL. (1:00-7:10). 2022 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient for the New England […]



 Early Career Luke Kuechly is widely considered to be one of the top linebackers of the 21st century. Luke grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he went to St. Xavier […]


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Guess The Player:

(2/21/23): EJ Henderson

(2/14/23): Steve McNair

(2/9/23): Robert Griffin III

(2/7/23): Benjamin Watson

(2/3/23): Chris Canty

(1/31/23): Alex Smith





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The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is truly grateful for all of the support that we receive. If you would like to help us with our mission, please consider making a donation.

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Upcoming Events & Online Auctions

Super Bowl Auction
February 9 @ 12:00 pm

With the big game quickly approaching, we are excited to host our 1st Annual Super Bowl Auction, with authentic memorabilia from around the NFL! Check out all the items HERE! […]

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Ed Block Celebration Cocktail Party
April 1

On April 1, 2023, Sponsors can celebrate with the Courage Award Recipients and other NFL guests during our Ed Block Celebration Cocktail Party at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel located on the […]

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