LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall football players, families and the coaching staff volunteered at the Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp held at Lafayette College on June 7th. The camp, in its 12th year, raised more than $114,000, through registrations and donations from the one-day high school camp.
"It is truly remarkable to see our parents, students and families volunteer their time in the summer to help out with such a great cause," said coach John Troxell. "My staff and I are fortunate to work at an institution surrounded by high-character individuals."
Lauren's First and Goal is a non-profit organization, started in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter, Lauren, a 17-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor. Since its inception, LFG has raised more than $1.7 million toward its mission to provide financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, to offer financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and to increase awareness of the disease.
University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff attended the camp, with Harbaugh serving as this year's featured guest speaker. He spoke to the more than 2,000 student-athletes during lunch.
High school athletes from 18 different states and Canada traveled to the College's Metzgar Athletics Complex to receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 360 college coaches from more than 100 schools around the country.
In addition to the Pennsylvania event, LFG hosted its sixth annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp Ohio on Sunday, June 14 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer returned as the featured guest speaker.
The foundation has awarded $1.46 million to pediatric research, patient services and families since 2004.