LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall's football coaching staff recently attended Lauren's First and Goal football camps held a week apart at Lafayette College and Otterbein University. The two camps combined to raise over $101,000 for pediatric brain tumor research.
A record 2,105 high school student athletes attended the camp at Lafayette with 500 more participating at Otterbein. Over 300 college coaches helped staff the event, including five members of the F&M staff with several players and their families. Joining coaches John Troxell, Craig Sutyak, Kevin Baumann, Mark Surma and Jay Ridinger were juniors Chris DeStefano, Chase Andreassi, Mike Haines and their parents. Juniors E.J. Schneider, Chad Tothero and sophomore Nick Porcelli also worked the Lafayette Camp.
All proceeds from the camp go directly to Lauren's First and Goal Foundation's mission of providing financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, offering financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and increasing awareness of the disease.
"The camp is a true community effort on every level, and so many generous people come back each year brimming with enthusiasm and positive energy," said LFG founder Marianne Loose. "We are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers, coaches, Lafayette grounds crew, football players and former team members, athletic trainers and medical staff for devoting their time and talents to help make the camp a success."
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, addressed the campers after a brief thunderstorm delay at the Lafayette Camp. He spoke about the importance of being people of action and the characteristics he looks for in a student-athlete, including having respect for their families and being active in the community.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer served as the guest speaker at Otterbein, implementing a theme of "weathering the storm" to the crowd.
Created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their 15-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor, LFG has donated more than $1 million toward the fight against pediatric brain tumors and cancer.