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Ed Block Courage Award Foundation

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is an NFL charity based in Towson, Maryland, that is named after the late Ed Block, the head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts for 23 years. It is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping abused children and families in crisis. Established in 1978, the Foundation operates with two main objectives: 1) recognize courage in the NFL and 2) raise money towards improving the lives of children.

Each March in Baltimore, the charity bestows an Ed Block Courage Award to a player from each NFL team who, in the eyes of his teammates, exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The award is heralded as one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL. Included among the NFL players who have previously received this award are Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, John Elway and Ronnie Lott.

Since its inception in 1978, the Foundation has grown from a Baltimore-based charity to a national organization that now includes 14 NFL teams in its Courage House National Support Network. Named after the NFL team in that city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community. Current members of this Network include the Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts.

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