Lauren's First and Goal
Seventh LFG Ohio Camp Raises Another $12,000
Approximately 300 student-athletes participated in the seventh-annual Ohio Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp on Saturday, June 4 at Otterbein University. The event, welcoming high school players across 12 states, raised more than $12,000 for pediatric brain tumor research for the third-straight summer.
The camp is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation, with all proceeds going 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 near and far. Almost 80 coaches from Ohio and neighboring states volunteered at the event, with Ohio University head coach Frank Solich serving as this year's guest speaker. He focused on being a well-rounded individual and meeting all daily standards.
Solich and members of the Otterbein staff were also able to visit with oncology patients from Nationwide Children's Hospital throughout the afternoon.
Lauren's First and Goal has brought in $152,000 so far this year and nearly $2 million to date. The 14th-annual camp was recently held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., hosting 1,956 participants and raising a record $120,000. Penn State University head coach James Franklin spoke to the crowd there, centering his message around core values of a positive attitude, great work ethic, competing in everything you do and being willing to sacrifice.
LFG was created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their now 19-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor.