EASTON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall football players, families and coaching staff volunteered at the 2017 Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp held at Lafayette College this past weekend. The camp raised more than $130,000 through registrations and donations.
Those donations support the foundation's mission of funding pediatric brain tumor research and patient services and assisting families living with the disease. As of December 2015, the Foundation has raised $2.2 million toward pediatric research, patient services, and as well as assisting families.
The camp at Lafayette just completed its 14th annual event for student-athletes entering grades eight through 12. More than 1,700 players from 16 states and Canada received instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 300 college coaches from around the country, including five from the Diplomats' staff.
Rutgers University head coach Chris Ash was the featured guest speaker this year. He joins the ranks of Penn. State's James Franklin, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Army's Jeff Monken, and the Houston Texans' Bill O'Brien who have also spoken at the camp in previous years.
Lauren Loose, the namesake of the foundation and a pediatric cancer survivor, was on hand to provide the campers with an inspirational speech about overcoming the challenges she has faced. Loose is the daughter of former Lafayette defensive coordinator and current Army assistant John Loose.
The football camps are just one way that people can support Lauren's First and Goal. Visit Lauren's Circle of Strength to learn more about additional opportunities to get involved. Follow the latest foundation news on Twitter and Facebook.