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.
Ed Shipman, founder of Happy Hill Farm (now known as North Central Texas Academy) passed away at his home on August 22nd, 2016. He dedicated his life to helping children in need, establishing Happy Hill Farm in 1975.
Ed was a devoted board member for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. for over 30 years, since Happy Hill Farm’s dedication as the official Dallas Cowboys Courage House. He will be truly missed and the Foundation cannot express the gratitude to the Shipman family for their contributions in the growth of the Courage House Network. The Courage House Dedication plaque, presented to each new member of the National Courage House Support Network for Kids, has been developed to honor Ed Shipman’s life’s work.
On October 25th, the New York Jets formally announced the dedication of Deirdre’s House as their official Ed Block Courage House. The team has a working relationship with the child advocacy program dating back to 2008, assisting with christmas gift lists each year.
Members from the New York Jets, including 2014 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient, Rontez Miles, were in attendance to meet with 20+ children and their families, along with members of Deirdre’s House and the local Prosecutors office. Miles handed out gifts of hats and tee shirts, while signing autographs and taking pictures with each child in attendance. The Foundation presented plagues to honor the occasion to both the New York Jets and Deirdre’s House representatives, along with a $10,000 check to support the growth of the facility.
Deirdre’s House is the Center in Morris County for child victims of abuse and/or neglect and for children that have witnessed domestic violence. Established in 1994, Deirdre’s House is the only site in Morris County where a child victim can be interviewed and digitally recorded by law enforcement, medically examined and treated by a pediatric abuse specialist, prepared for trial, and clinically counseled in English or Spanish—all under one roof. To find out more about Deirdre’s House, head to their website HERE.
On August 9th, the New England Patriots formally announced the dedication of the Key Program, Inc. as their official Ed Block Courage House. During the event, the team invited 40 children and personnel from the program to enjoy their open training camp practice with the New Orleans Saints on the field. At the conclusion of practice, players from both teams came over for autographs, along with a very special guest visit from Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, who made a surprise donation matching the Foundation’s $10,000 for he ceremony (seen HERE).
The guests were then invited inside for the official dedication ceremony in Gillette Stadium’s Club Level, MCed by Patriots Hall of Famer, Andre Tippet. The Foundation presented the team and Key Program, Inc. with honorary plagues, along with their own $10,000 check.
The Key Program, Inc. helps victims of child abuse and at-risk youth through their various facilities and programs across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To learn more about the Key Program, Inc. head to their website HERE.