CU Coach Lockard Helps Out at Lauren's First and Goal Foundation Football Camp
June 3, 2013
Cheyney University Head Football Coach Ken Lockard joined more than 300 college coaches from more than 100 colleges at a football camp sponsored by Lauren's First and Goal Foundation. LFG is a non-profit organization started in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter, Lauren, a 16-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor.
Since its inception, LFG has raised more than $1 million toward its mission to provide financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, offer financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and to increase awareness of the disease. Lauren's First and Goal Foundation announced that the 10th anniversary football camp set a new record – raising more than $104,000. The event on Sunday, June 2 at Lafayette College had set a previous high in 2012 with more than $85,000. 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.
Speakers included Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and 16-year-old Lauren Loose for whom the foundation is named.They were 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 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.
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.