The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation provides each of the 27 members of the National Courage House Network monetary and in-kind donations, along with various needed services, to help advance their mission. Each program is provided exclusive grant opportunities, along with inclusion in our digital content to promote awareness for their mission. Over the past five years, we have donated over $200,000 and over $20,000 in memorabilia for fundraising to our community partners.
The NFL teams coordinate with their affiliated Courage House year-round lending support through various avenues including hosting and attending fundraising events, providing memorabilia and experiences for auctions and raffles, organizing player visits and inviting youth to team activities, providing monetary support, donating in-kind gifts for the children, among many other methods to enhance the welfare of the children in need.
Annually, the Ed Block Foundation honors one player from each NFL team, voted by their teammates, for their courage and inspiration with the Ed Block Courage Award. The recipients stand as role models for their ability to overcome adversity, while also serving their respective communities. Throughout the year, they are included in our virtual content, highlighting their accomplishments on and off the field.
Those recipients travel to Baltimore each spring to participate in the Ed Block Courage Awards events, including the Ed Block Celebration and VIP Sponsor Brunch. The visit concludes with a special Courage Awards Ceremony and St. Vincent’s Villa Community Outreach, as the abused children of the Baltimore Ravens Courage House present the players with their trophies.
Through our various fundraising efforts throughout the year, including various events, online auctions and sponsorships, our goal is to provide each Courage House with financial and in-kind support they desperately need to support those most in need.