Football assistant coach volunteers at camp to raise funds for pediatric cancer research

Assistant football coach Matt Wright
Assistant football coach Matt Wright

Hamilton College assistant football coach Matt Wright attended the eighth annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where $80,000 was raised for pediatric brain tumor research on June 5.

Lauren's First and Goal Foundation site

Wright is in his fourth year at Hamilton, and he coaches the defensive backs. He played for perennial Division III power Ithaca College for two years after he graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 2001. He earned a bachelor's degree in clinical exercise science from Ithaca in 2005.

The camp is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation. All proceeds from the event go 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.

During the one-day camp, players receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from college coaches from around the country. Almost 300 coaches representing 100 colleges and universities volunteered at the event.

The event was created in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their 14-year-old daughter Lauren, who is a pediatric brain tumor survivor. The foundation has raised $199,658 this year, and since its inception has donated more than $800,000 toward the fight against pediatric brain tumors and cancer.

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