For the second time in as many years, Kenyon College head football coach Chris Monfiletto volunteered his time to work Lauren's First and Goal Camp. This season, Kenyon assistant coaches Scott Marino and Meade Clendaniel joined Monfiletto at the camp, which was held Saturday, June 22 at Otterbein University.
The camp is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation, which uses proceeds to provide financial support for families living with pediatric cancer. Locally, donations help support pediatric oncology patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Foundation was created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their now 16-year-old daughter Lauren, a pediatric brain tumor survivor.
Lauren's First and Goal has raised a total amount of $187,240 so far this year. At Otterbein, coaches welcomed high school players from 197 different schools across 15 states and helped raise over $18,000.
"The turnout was fantastic, and we couldn't have pulled it off without the efforts of the Otterbein staff, especially our football coaches, and the additional volunteers from all over town," Otterbein Director of Athletics Dawn Stewart said. "This event allows us to combine the love of football with giving back to a larger cause."
During the one-day camp at Otterbein, players received instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from more than 100 volunteer college coaches, who represented 45 colleges and universities from around Ohio and its neighboring states.
For more information, go to: http://www.laurensfirstandgoal.org/