Nine members of the Towson University football coaching staff, including Defensive Coordinator Matt Hachmann, Canute Curtis, Brian Fleury, Konstantinos Kosmakos, Derrick Johnson, Jason Kenlaw, Jared Ambrose, Dassin Blackwell and Brian Duker, participated in the camp.
For Coach Hachmann, a former assistant coach at Lafayette, it marked the seventh year he participated in the camp.
For the year, the foundation has received more than $213,000 in donations, including a $100,000 commitment from the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration. With the proceeds from the camp, the foundation has raised more than $1 million since its creation in 2004.
"The success of this camp would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers and coaches and the unwavering support of Lafayette College," said John Loose, who created Lauren's First and Goal in honor of his 13-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor. "It is their dedication to this event that allows us to continue funding the search for a cure and to help families who battle this disease every day."
The "Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp" welcomed high school student-athletes from 15 different states and Canada, who received offensive and defensive instruction from more than 250 volunteer coaches representing colleges and universities across the nation.
In addition, Ken Niumatalolo, the head football coach at Navy, was the featured guest speaker and addressed the campers over lunch. Coach Niumatalolo talked about the four quarters of life and the importance of showing gratitude, making good decisions and being selfless.
Along with the Pennsylvania camp, the foundation will be hosting another one-day event at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio on Sunday, June 27.
The camps raise money through a $30 registration fee for each student-athlete as well as non-camper donations. Of every dollar received, the foundation donates 90 cents toward research, services, family support and awareness of pediatric brain tumors and cancer.More information about the camps and the foundation is available at www.laurensfirstandgoal.org.