June 10, 2016
EASTON, Pa. - Georgetown University football defensive coordinator Luke Thompson and defensive line coach Alex Kolt traveled to Easton, Pa. to take part in the 13th annual Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College’s Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. Proceeds from the camp go to support funding for pediatric brain tumor research and patient services to assist families living with the disease.
The camp serves student-athletes entering grades nine through 12. Nearly 2,000 campers from 15 states and Canada received instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 360 college coaches from around the country. In the 13 years since the idea of Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation was conceived, the nonprofit organization announced it has surpassed more than $2 million raised. The annual high school football camps at Lafayette College and Otterbein University, held June 4-5, helped LFG reach the milestone.
Camper registrations and donations in Pennsylvania this year resulted in more than $120,000 raised, which set a record. As of December 2015, the foundation had awarded $1.6 million to pediatric research, patient services and families.
"We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and Lafayette College for hosting another great event,” said LFG founder and Army assistant football coach John Loose. “The weather cooperated again and the record number of volunteer college coaches did a tremendous job instructing the athletes all day.”
“We also greatly appreciate Matt Bayly and his athletic training staff who did a fantastic job with help from our sponsor Coordinated Health. Special thanks to the Lauren's First and Goal Foundation Board that put so much effort into this for months to make lucky number 13 such a big time success," added Loose.
Penn State University Head Coach James Franklin was the featured guest speaker this year. He joins the ranks of 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, also motivated the crowd with her speech.
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