6.25.14 FOOTBALL: Cavs' WR Coach Jordan Helps With Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp
WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Walsh University Wide Receivers Coach Devin Jordan recently participated in the fifth-annual Ohio Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 22 at Otterbein University. Nearly 400 student-athletes participated in the event with high school players from 11 states represented. In total, the camp raised $12,720 for pediatric brain cancer research.
“Helping out with the Laurens First and Goal camp is always a humbling experience,” said Coach Jordan. “Laurens story is so remarkable the way she has persevered and is now inspiring people by raising money to help with brain tumor and cancer research. John (Lauren’s father) has also done a remarkable job with being a full time college coach and also helping with the camps and the foundation. Seeing the Loose family story while being a college coach myself and father to a 2-year-old helps put life in perspective.”
"I think the camp just keeps getting better and better," Otterbein head coach Tim Doup said. "We are still hoping to spread the word a little more and grow this event, but it's such a great day on the calendar to help support a great cause."
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.
Lauren's First and Goal has raised a total amount of $127,251 so far this year. The 12th-annual camp was recently held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., attracting 1,912 participants. LFG was created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their now 17-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor.
During the one-day camp, players receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from college coaches near and far. More than 100 coaches representing 35 colleges and universities from Ohio and neighboring states volunteered at the event. Purdue University head coach Darrell Hazell served as the guest speaker, implementing a theme of helping others and working your hardest at anything you love.
"Darrell did such a great job today," Loose said. "We have all been touched by cancer in some way and he is no different. I thought he gave an outstanding message to the campers and helped us all learn about more than just football."
Hazell and additional members of the camp staff were also able to visit with oncology patients from Nationwide Children's Hospital during the lunch hour. Near the conclusion of the day, Doup couldn't begin to wrap his head around the attributes of John Loose and the LFG foundation as a whole.
"You can't even begin to describe what the Loose family does," Doup said. "Lauren is such a special girl, her sister pitches in so much and the parents are unbelievable with the way they keep going every day. I hope we continue working with this great family for years and years."
Story courtesy of Otterbein Sports Information