Lauren Loose poses with two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
July 8, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Nearly 400 student-athletes participated in the second annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp Ohio on Sunday, June 26 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. The event, which welcomed high school players, raised more than $13,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. Athletes from 14 different states flocked to central Ohio for the day.
"The coaches, trainers, Otterbein players and all of the volunteers organized a great camp," said LFG founder and Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose, who created Lauren's First and Goal in 2004 with his wife Marianne in honor of their 13-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor. "The event that Otterbein University has helped orchestrate over the past two years will continue to grow to become a huge success in the future."
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. Locally, donations help support pediatric oncology patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
During the one-day camp, players receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from college coaches from around the country. More than 80 coaches representing colleges and universities from Ohio and neighboring states volunteered at the event. Ohio State Alumni Association President and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin was the featured guest speaker, stressing the importance of a college education to the crowd.
In addition to Ohio, the foundation raised more than $80,000 during its eighth annual football camp at Lafayette College in June. More than 1,800 athletes and 270 college coaches were in attendance for the event.
LFG has raised $223,000 this year and more than $1.5 million overall. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $800,000 toward the fight against pediatric brain tumors and cancer. This year's grants will be announced in the fall.
More information about the camps and the foundation is available at www.laurensfirstandgoal.org. Follow the latest foundation news on Twitter at Twitter.com/LFGfootballcamp and Facebook at Facebook.com/LaurensFirstandGoal.