EASTON, PA - More than 1,800 high school student-athletes participated in the eighth annual Lauren´s First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 5 at Lafayette College and helped to raise $80,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. This year's event set camp records for number of players registered and camper donations.
Brown Associate head football coach Abbott Burrell and Offensive Coordinator Frank Sheehan have worked at the camp for the last several years and were among 270 college coaches, who volunteered their time and expertise to make this the most successful camp ever.
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.
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. UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni 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. Student-athletes can register online at http://www.laurensfirstandgoal.org/.
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.