June 16, 2014

MU Football Staff Volunteers at Lauren's First & Goal

Head Coach Mark Ross
Dallas, PA - Misericordia University head football coach Mark Ross and two of his assistants recently participated in the 11th Annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College.

Ross and assistants Mike Hatcher and Chris Gray were among more than 300 college coaches who joined nearly 2,000 high school student-athletes from 16 states at the event which is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation.

"The Lauren's First and Goal Foundation provides the MU coaching staff to donate to a great cause while connecting with hundreds of potential recruits," said MU head coach Mark Ross.  "We're thrilled to be able to be associated with such a wonderful organization."

Lauren's First and Goal Foundation announced raised more than $114,000 this year in support of the foundation's mission of supporting pediatric brain tumor research, patient services and families living with the disease.

Lauren Loose, the 17-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor for whom the foundation is named, delivered another inspirational speech encouraging attendees to use the gifts and skills they have been blessed with. Army coach Jeff Monken was this year's featured guest speaker.

"This year's camp was a resounding success due in large part to the community of volunteers that come out to help year after year," said John Loose, Lauren's dad and co-founder of the foundation. "Lafayette was a tremendous host. The grounds crew worked extremely hard to prepare all the fields and Matt Bayly did another great job organizing all the volunteer trainers and doctors. The army of volunteers that set up and clean up during and after the camp, help park cars, register campers and get water to the fields worked hard all day to keep everyone else focused on football.

"It is a tribute to the college coaching profession that over 300 college coaches came out to donate their time and expertise for the cause. Lauren and Coach Monken both gave messages that were touching and inspiring and will leave a lasting memory for years to come," Loose added.

The foundation has raised more than $1.5 million since 2004 as a result of tremendous community support and generous donors, with more than $1.3 million being dispersed to pediatric research, patient services and families.

Follow the latest foundation news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFGfootballcamp and Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaurensFirstandGoal.

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