Football Donates Money, Time to Lauren's First and Goal

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Muhlenberg football program has a tradition of winning that it hopes to maintain this fall. Already this year, the Mules have kept up their tradition of support for a locally based charity.

Lauren's First and Goal Lauren’s First and Goal is a charitable organization started in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter, Lauren, a 17-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor. At the time, John Loose was an assistant football coach at Lafayette. Since its inception, LFG has raised more than $1.5 million toward its mission to provide financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, to offer financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer and to increase awareness of the disease.

For the second year in a row, Muhlenberg players participated in a lift-a-thon to raise money for LFG, soliciting donors to pledge an amount for every pound lifted in the bench, clean and squat. Through their two lift-a-thons and other events, the Mules have raised nearly $10,000 for LFG.

Below left, Lauren Loose stops by the weight room to thank the Mules for their efforts.

LFG’s primary fundraiser is the annual Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette. The one-day camp, open to scholastic athletes grades 8-12, is staffed by volunteer coaches from colleges across the country. The 2014 camp, held last Sunday, featured more than 1,900 high school athletes from 16 different states receiving instruction from more than 300 college coaches – including Muhlenberg’s Mike Litzenberger, Mike Donnelly, Joshua Carter and Tom Perkovich (left to right below). Muhlenberg coaches have been regulars at the camp for the past decade.

For more information on Lauren’s First and Goal and/or to make a donation, please click here.
Click here for the editorial “Life Lessons from Lauren,” published recently on


Lauren with Mules    LFG camp