Tackling Mental Health - San Francisco 49ers Visit Edgewood

December 12, 2016

Exercise, Fun, and Mentorship - a Day with the 49ers

Video courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers.

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For the past fifteen years San Francisco 49ers alumni and Ed Block Courage Award recipients have visited Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco to spend time with youth during an afternoon of fun, and mentorship. 

On November 19, the former football greats held their annual alumni weekend on our campus and spent time talking with youth about what courage means to them. 

“The players were really honest with the kids and talked about their own personal struggles and challenges,” said Nancy Rubin, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Edgewood Center for Children and Families. “We really appreciate the league's commitment to mentoring Bay Area youth in need and the alumni event is truly a highlight for our kids and staff.”

Edgewood youth practiced football drills with the experts in our gym, created terrariums made from succulent plants, and enjoyed a hearty lunch together. Engaging the mind in creative and physical activities is extremely healthy for youth who have suffered from trauma and abuse as it helps them keep focused on a task, teaches leadership skills and teamwork, and helps build confidence.  

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation supports abused, neglected, and at-risk children through its Courage House National Support Network for kids. Edgewood is very proud to have been designated as a Courage House by the Foundation through its exemplary service and commitment to at-risk youth. The foundation presents the Ed Block Courage Award annually to one player on each NFL team. The award goes to players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage and recognizes efforts both on and off the field and their ability to overcome adversity. 

The 49ers Foundation (now in its 25th year) supports development programs for underserved youth to keep them “Safe, On Track, and In School." Since 1992, the Foundation has donated $34.6 million to non-profits.


Young people who have experienced trauma are:

  • 15 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic
  • 3 times more likely to experience depression

 Source:National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention