EASTON, Pa. - More than 1,800 high school football players attended the eighth annual "Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp" at Lafayette College on Sunday, June 5, and helped to raise $80,000 to Lauren's First and Goal Foundation for pediatric brain tumor research, cancer services and family support.
The event set camp records for number of players registered and camp donations.
Seven members of the Towson University football coaching staff, including Defensive Coordinator Matt Hachmann attended the camp.
Secondary Coach Brian Fleury (right), Cornerbacks Coach Derrick Johnson, Quarterbacks Coach Jared Ambrose, Wide Receivers Coach Dassin Blackwell, former Student Assistant Brian Duker and Runningbacks Coach Reno Ferri also worked as coaches at the camp.
For Fleury, Johnson, Ambrose and Duker, it marked the third consecutive year that they volunteered to work at the camp.
For Hachmann, a former assistant coach at Lafayette, it marked the eighth year he participated in the camp.
A member of the Board of Directors since the event began, Coach Hachmann says, "We appreciate all the coaches who volunteer to help with this camp. They do a great job."
The camp is the primary fundraiser for Lauren´s First and Goal Foundation and all proceeds from the event go directly to its 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.
"We are so thankful to the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts to make the camp a success, from the Lafayette grounds crew, to the members of the Easton community who embrace the camp by volunteering, donating food, services and parking spaces, to the many current and former members of the Lafayette football team who returned to Easton to work all weekend in setting up and assisting on the day of the camp," said LFG founder Marianne Loose.
"We especially want to thank the 270 college coaches who volunteered their time and expertise to make this the most successful camp ever," Loose added.
During the one-day camp, players receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from college coaches from around the country. Almost 300 coaches representing 100 colleges and universities volunteered at the event. Paul Pasqualoni, the head coach at the University of Connecticut, was the featured guest speaker and addressed the athletes, who came from 16 different states and Singapore.
In addition to the Pennsylvania event, LFG will host its second annual Lauren´s First and Goal Football Camp Ohio on Sunday, June 26 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
Created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their 14-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor, LFG has raised $199,658 this year. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $800,000 toward the fight against pediatric brain tumors and cancer.
For the year, the foundation has received more than $213,000 in donations, including a $100,000 commitment from the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration. With the proceeds from the camp, the foundation has raised more than $1 million since its creation in 2004.
"The success of this camp would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers and coaches and the unwavering support of Lafayette College," said John Loose, who created Lauren's First and Goal in honor of his 13-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor. "It is their dedication to this event that allows us to continue funding the search for a cure and to help families who battle this disease every day."