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 39th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards was hosted March 12th at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore City, honoring the 32 Ed Block Courage Award recipients for their inspiration during the 2016 NFL season. The Foundation recognized the PFATS Athletic Training Staff of the Year, Jim Whalen (Head Athletic Trainer), Daryl Nelson (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Joe Van Allen (Assistant Athletic Trainer, Director of Rehabilitation), and Michael Akinbola (Doctor of Physical Therapy), of The New England Patriots.
The ceremony also celebrated the dedications of the New England Patriots (Key Program Inc.) and New York Jets (Deirdre’s House) and announcement of the newest member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids with the Tennessee Titans (Northwest Family YMCA). Former Titans Linebacker, Tim Shaw was honored for his continued battle with ALS, and the late Founder of the Dallas Cowboys Courage House, North Central Texas Academy (Happy Hill Farm), Ed Shipman we also remembered with the official Courage House Dedication Award renamed in his tribute.
With the help of the NFL, NFLPA, PFATS, the Foundation’s sponsors, and guests, the event raised donations and awareness for the 26 courage houses located across the country. Funding provided helped the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation donate $25,000 to the National Courage House Support Network For Kids.
On March 24, the Tennessee Titans formally announced the dedication of the Northwest Family YMCA as their official Ed Block Courage House. The facility is the 26th member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids and offers after school/summer programs for at-risk youth in the greater Nashville area.
The event was hosted at the YMCA’s updated gym, with children and staff from the facility in attendance, along with special guests from the team and Foundation. Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey, the team’s Athletic Training and PR Staffs, past Ed Block Courage Award recipients, Jason McCourty (2016), Craig Stevens (2015), Chris Hope (2008), 2016 Ed Block Special Honoree, Tim Shaw, Titans Cheerleaders, and team mascot, T-Rac all took in the festivities. The Foundation’s Director of Operations, Brett Dickinson and Vice President, John Bostwick, were on hand to present a donation check of $10,000 to support the growth of the facility.
During the event, the Foundation also presented Nicole Rowan, Northwest Family YMCA Director, and Jerome Reid, Titans Assistant Athletic Trainer, with plaques honoring the occasion. After inspirational speeches from Jason McCourty and Chris Hope, the children had a performance for those in attendance, followed by a special luncheon where the kids were able to interact with all the Titans team members.
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Join us for the Annual “VOICES OF BALTIMORE” brought to you by the Sheffield Institute and Budweiser. The event is hosted at McAvoy’s Bar and Grill at 2531 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville, MD. 21234 each Monday of June at 8pm. Male and Female finalists will return in July to win the grand prize of $1,000 and 10 hours of recording sessions at the Sheffield Institute. Registration is $10 and sign up at the McAvoy’s from 7-8pm each event night.
Every week, there will be bar specials, raffles and giveaways while enjoying great local vocalists perform some of your favorite songs. All proceeds directly benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Come out in support and don’t miss your chance to become the next Baltimore singing superstar!