Baltimore's Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has put another building block in place toward making its goal of assisting abused children a national project. The Miami Dolphins are now included.
Officers and volunteers of the Baltimore-based Courage Award visited Boystown of Florida yesterday to present a check for $10,000 to the home for troubled and youths. The award was given in the name of the late Joe Robbie, founder and owner of the Dolphins.
As an endorsement of the Block committee, the Robbie family, represented by son Tim, the team president, and daughter Janet, added a check for a similar amount that will go to Boystown of Florida, which has no connection to a similar school near Omaha, Neb.
"We have made donations honoring Art Rooney in Pittsburgh and Ed McCaskey in Chicago," explained Sam Lamantia, chairman of the Courage Award board of directors. "Our hope is we will eventually spread the idea to cities all around the NFL."
Dick Szymanski, former Colts center and general manager, offered a strong testimonial to the achievements of the Courage Award participants.
The ceremony was conducted by Scott Garceau, sports director of WMAR-TV. Included in the Baltimore group were executive director Mary Jones, Bob Davis, Debbie Donovan Smith, Ray Wright, Gigi Hyle, Ron Reagan, Tom Kaiser, Tim and Pat Daugherty.