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Lions RB Joique Bell to Receive Ed Block Courage Award

Posted Oct 2, 2015

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will be honored as the Ed Block Courage Award winner at the 22nd Annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Ford Field.

DETROIT — Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will be honored as the Ed Block Courage Award winner at the 22nd Annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Ford Field. Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Mitch Albom will be recognized as the 2015 Ricky Sandoval Award recipient.

The 22nd annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner will also feature ESPN’s Adam Schefter as guest speaker. The dinner annually benefits HAVEN, Oakland County’s premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Proceeds will target child abuse prevention and treatment programs. Previous banquets have raised approximately $2 million for HAVEN.

The Ed Block Courage Award annually goes to a Lions player who exemplifies sportsmanship and has overcome injury and/or adversity to excel on the field. In 2014, Bell appeared in 15 games for the Lions while managing ankle and knee injuries and led the team in rushing with 860 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 322 yards and a touchdown. 

“Joique was able to not only lead on the field with his performance, but his intangibles of work ethic and passion for the game also motivated his fellow teammates,” said Kevin Bastin, Detroit Lions Head Athletic Trainer. “Off the field, Joique uses these same traits of courage, passion and work ethic to serve the greater Detroit community.” 

The Ricky Sandoval Award recognizes individuals that have made contributions both in sports and in the community. The award is named in honor of the late Lions director of security who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2009.

Albom moved to Detroit in 1985 and started working for the Detroit Free Press. He now hosts a daily talk show on WJR radio and appears on ESPN Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.  Albom has discovered eight charities in the Detroit area including S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park which provides state of the art athletic facilities, a digital learning center and a tutoring program for Detroit students and impoverished individuals.

Other organizations founded by Albom include A Hole in the Roof Foundation, A Time to Help, Detroit Dream Scholars and The Heart of Detroit, all of which provide care for the homeless and establish public service initiatives throughout Detroit. Albom’s newest charity, Detroit Water Ice Factory, serves frozen dessert novelties in downtown Detroit with all proceeds benefiting Detroit’s neediest. The establishment also provides jobs for those in need through S.A.Y. Detroit and the Goodwill Industries youth training program. Additionally, Albom raises money for literacy projects and has a directory of local and national service opportunities on his website.

Past Ricky Sandoval Award Recipients have been: Steve Yzerman (2004), Roger Penske (2005), Jerome Bettis (2006), Charlie Sanders (2007), Lem Barney and Dave Bing (co-recipients in 2008), Mike Utley (2009), Eric Hipple (2010), Tim Pendell (2011), Doug English (2012), Kent Falb (2013) and Dean Kleinschmidt(2014).

To purchase tickets for the Lions’ Courage House Dinner please isit http://www.detroitlions.com/courage-house.html.

About HAVEN

HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader, in its 40th year of service to the community, promoting a world of safe, equal and accountable communities where sexual assault and domestic violence do not exist.  As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year. For more information about HAVEN visit www.haven-oakland.org or call 248-334-1284. For help, call 877-922-1274.

About Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2014, when they finished with a 11-5 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $7.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information, please visit http://www.detroitlions.com.