June 10, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Georgetown University football Assistant Head Coach and defensive coordinator Rob Sgarlata, offensive line coach Brian Miller and defensive line coach Alex Koltserved as instructors in the annual Lauren's First and Goal Camp at Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Complex on Sunday, June 2.
The Hoyas coaches have annually reached out to assist in the one-day camp that's cause is felt far beyond the gridiron. Lauren's First and Goal Foundation was started in 2004 by Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose and his wife Marianne in honor of their daughter, Lauren a pediatric brain tumor survivor. The foundation aims to help families who are battling childhood cancer.
“It has been an honor to work with Lauren's First and Goal over the past decade,” Sgarlata said. “The Georgetown staff has been represented every year at the camp. Coach John Loose and all of the coaches involved with this first class event are a great example of the generosity and caring of the football community. The event has grown over the years and is one I look forward to each summer.”
In its 10th anniversary the Lauren's First and Goal Foundation set a new record - raising more than $104,000. The event on Sunday, June 2 at Lafayette College broke a previous high from 2012 when more than $85,000 was raised. Camper registrations and donations from the event go directly toward the foundation's mission of supporting pediatric brain tumor research, patient services and families living with the disease.
While Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood had an outstanding message as this year's guest speaker, it was 16-year-old Lauren Loose who was the story of the day. Lauren, for whom the foundation is named, shared a brief prepared speech with the crowd of campers, families and volunteers. She was also joined by family friend Kelsey Hawkins, a 24-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor who traveled with her family from Connecticut to volunteer and help celebrate the day.
"The 10th anniversary camp here in PA was our most successful ever, thanks to our corps of dedicated and generous volunteers, college football coaches, athletic trainers and medical staff, and, of course, all of the student athletes who traveled to attend," said LFG founder Marianne Loose. "We are thankful to all the high school coaches who helped to organize their teams and travel as a group to support the foundation and learn about the opportunities to further their education and athletic careers in college.
Nearly 2,100 high school athletes from 16 different states - including those as far away as Florida and Arizona - descended on the College's Metzgar Athletics Complex to receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from college coaches from around the country. The coaching contingent included 316 college coaches, one from the New York Jets and 10 from the Kicking Connection. There were 114 colleges and universities represented.
In addition to the Pennsylvania event, LFG will host its fourth annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp Ohio on Saturday, June 22 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Student-athletes can register online at www.lfgf.org.
The foundation has raised more than $168,000 this year and more than $1.5 million since 2004 as a result of tremendous community support and generous donors. Follow the latest foundation news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFGfootballcamp and Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaurensFirstandGoal.