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.

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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.


The first Ed Block Courage Award recipient was created in partnership with the Baltimore Colts 1978, honoring defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann, who lost his brother to cancer that season. After the team left for Indianapolis in 1983, members of PFATS, the NFL and NFLPA worked together to make the award a league-wide initiative.

Since 1984, 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 a local community outreach program, visiting the abused, neglected and at-risk youth of the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa.

Before the event, the children perform a special program for the players before they present the Ed Block Courage Award to each of the recipients on stage.

Virtual Courage Content

Featured Media

Building Block Ep 9: Alec Ingold

Miami Dolphins Full Back Alec Ingold tells us about what the award means to him, his favorite ice cream flavor, his charity and more! Also Jakobi Meyers tells us who […]


Building Block Special Presentation: St. Vincent’s Villa Community Outreach

The 2022 Courage Award recipients visit the children of Baltimore Ravens Courage House for the annual St. Vincent’s Villa Community Outreach.


Building Block Ep 7: Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints Courage Award recipient Jameis Winston talks about winning the Courage Award, visiting St. Vincent’s Villa, his favorite karaoke song and more! Also, Tampa Bay Buccaneers recipient Chris […]


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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

8th Annual Pappas Golf Tournament
June 12 @ 9:00 am

Join us for a day of fun on the course for the 8th annual Pappas Golf Outing at beautiful Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppatowne, MD. Check out the sponsorship […]

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2023 Training Camp Online Auction
July 28 @ 12:00 pm

2023 TRAINING CAMP AUCTION With the NFL season getting started, we are excited to host our 2023 Training Camp Auction, with authentic Memorabilia from around the NFL!  SILENT AUCTION OPEN: Friday, […]

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