Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Youth for Tomorrow founder Joe Gibbs were at the Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) campus in Bristow, Va., on Thursday to dedicate the Washington Redskins Courage House.
Snyder has chosen YFT for the location of the Ed Block Courage House for the Washington, D.C. region.
"The work begun by Youth For Tomorrow a quarter-century ago has never strayed from its core mission – reaching out to youth in need and setting them on a path for life. I've always been proud to be involved in this effort," Snyder said.
Joe Gibbs has remarked many times how Daniel Snyder's support of YFT began before he returned to coach the Redskins in 2004.
"Dan exemplifies the true spirit of a community leader," Gibbs said. "He cares about the children in our local community who need a strong and reassuring private sector support system."
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation was established in 1984 to memorialize the courage and dedication of Ed Block, a renowned athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977.
Partnering with many National Football League-related organizations, the foundation demonstrates compassion and a commitment to heightening the awareness of child abuse in our country while working to help improve the lives of children who suffer from such maltreatment. In 1989, the foundation expanded its scope, recognition and charitable efforts to a highly visible national level through the establishment of a network of Courage Houses in NFL cities.
The Redskins Courage House at YFT is the 21st home in the network.
The foundation also presents the Ed Block Courage Award each year to the player on each NFL team who, in the eyes of his teammates, best exemplifies and displays courage.
Today, the Ed Block Courage Award is heralded as one of the most prestigious in the NFL. Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu was recently honored by his Redskins teammates as the recipient of the 2010 award.
Youth For Tomorrow is a private, residential school and counseling center for homeless and at risk children ages 11-17.
Founded by Joe Gibbs in 1986, YFT has provided care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to more than 1,000 boys and girls from Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. For additional information and directions to the YFT campus, go to www.youthfortomorrow.org or call 703-368-7995.