Flanders, Metzler Coach at Lauren's First-and-Goal Camp

Flanders, Metzler Coach at Lauren's First-and-Goal Camp


Football camp raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research and support

EASTON, Pa. – Rick Flanders, Yale's associate head coach of football, and Bulldog assistant Kyle Metzler were among the more than 250 coaching volunteers at the seventh annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College on June 6. Nearly 1,700 high school football players attended and helped raise more than $67,000 for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation for pediatric brain tumor research, cancer services and family support.

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 the volunteer coaches representing colleges and universities across the nation. U.S. Naval Academy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo was the featured guest speaker. He talked about the “four quarters of life” and the importance of showing gratitude, making good decisions and being selfless.

The foundation will be hosting another one-day event at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, on 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.


image of Connecticut area coaches by Michael Garner (Metzler far left, Flanders is third from left)