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

Ed Block CourageCast – Episode 14

On this Episode: Dave Steinwedel and Wally Williams are joined by their new co-host Dwayne Brooks as they welcome in 1993 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient John “Pops” Davis for […]


2022 Community Outreach

The 2021 Ed Block Courage Award Recipients visited the Baltimore Ravens Courage House, St. Vincent’s Villa for a day of fun and activities with the children of the residential treatment […]


Courage Award Spotlight: Greg Olsen

  EARLY CAREER Greg Olsen is widely considered as one of the greatest tight ends of his generation. His football career launched into recognition at Wayne Hill High School in […]


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

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Upcoming Events & Online Auctions

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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VIP Sponsor Brunch
April 2

On April 2, 2023, Sponsors can enjoy an intimate brunch with the Courage Award Recipients and other NFL guests during our VIP Sponsor Brunch at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel located on the […]

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