Courage, Compassion, Commitment

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 (NFL), the Foundation cultivates awareness at each Courage House and helps to raise funds for their programs and initiatives.

Each of the 27 partnered facilities are provided monetary and in-kind donations, along with various needed services, to help advance their mission from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Over the past five years, we have donated over $200,000 and over $20,000 in memorabilia to our community partners.

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 PFATS (Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society) began collaborating with the Foundation partnering teams across the country with child abuse and/or at-risk youth facilities (known as Courage Houses) in their regions. 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 travel to Baltimore to be honored and presented with the most unique trophy in all of sports during our ceremonies. They participate in local community outreach programs, visiting the abused, neglected, and at-risk youth of the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa.


Featured Media

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 […]


CourageCast Ep. 21 Alec Ingold and the Jags Courage House

On this pod: Dave Steinwedel is flying solo. He is joined by friend of the show and co-host Alec Ingold of the Miami Dolphins. They talk about winning the award, […]


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Upcoming Events & Online Auctions

2023 Father's Day Online Auction
June 5 @ 12:00 pm

2023 Father’s Day Auction With the Father’s Day quickly approaching, get Dad an amazing gift with authentic Memorabilia from around the NFL!  SILENT AUCTION OPEN: Monday, June 5th, 2023 – 12:00pm SILENT […]

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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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