LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall football players, families and the football coaching staff volunteered at the Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp held at Lafayette College on June 1st. The camp, in it's 11th year, helped the foundation raise over $114,000 this year. Joining the F&M coaching staff were 21 players and a large group of parents that volunteered for the day.
"I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and their families who came out to help support this great charity," said coach John Troxell. "I am so fortunate to be associated with a group of people and an institution that values winning both on and off the field"
Lauren Loose, the 17-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor for whom the foundation is named, delivered another inspirational speech encouraging attendees to use the gifts and skills they have been blessed with. Army coach Jeff Monken was this year's featured guest speaker.
"It is a tribute to the college coaching profession that over 300 college coaches came out to donate their time and expertise for the cause," said John Loose, Lauren's dad and co-founder of the foundation. "Lauren and Coach Monken both gave messages that were touching and inspiring and will leave a lasting memory for years to come."
More than 1,900 high school athletes from 16 different states traveled to the College's Metzgar Athletics Complex to receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 300 college coaches from more than 100 schools around the country. A coach from the New York Jets and several coaches from the Kicking Connection also shared their expertise.
In addition to the Pennsylvania event, LFG will host its fifth annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp Ohio on Sunday, June 22, at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Student-athletes can register online at www.lfgf.org.
The foundation has raised more than $1.5 million since 2004 as a result of tremendous community support and generous donors, with more than $1.3 million being dispersed to pediatric research, patient services and families. Follow the latest foundation news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFGfootballcamp and Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaurensFirstandGoal.